The Pentecost University College (PUC) has inaugurated a seven-storey building to serve as a nursing training school.
The building, whose construction commenced in May 2011, was put up with a loan of GH¢7.5 million from the bankers of the owners of the PUC, the Church of Pentecost.
Executive members of the council of the church joined the management of the university and some students to tour the facility during the inauguration ceremony.
The block has a conference facility with the capacity to seat 850 people, offices for the academic staff and the administrator, a library and two information technology (IT) laboratories.
It will also accommodate the radio station for the university, Pentvars Radio.
The Estate and Development Manager of the PUC, Mr Felix Atsrim, said the university faced the challenge of expanding facilities to meet the growing demand soon after it was granted accreditation to run tertiary programmes.
“The management of the university at the time had to grapple with issues of limited classrooms and, in some cases, no classrooms for lectures,” he said.
According to him, the PUC sometimes had to rent classrooms from a nearby institution for purposes of lectures.
“During such distressing moments, the Chief Executive Officer of the Jospong Group of Companies, Dr Joseph Siaw Agyepong, provided us with four fully air -conditioned multi-purpose conference tents at no cost,” he said.
Education for development
The Chairman of the Church of Pentecost, Apostle Dr Opoku Onyinah, in a sermon, said, “If the church wants to grow it cannot run away from education.”
He said there was the need to prioritise education and training for the development of the church and the nation as a whole, as it was the only means of building capacity and equipping the citizenry with skills.
Funds were later raised to finance the furnishing of some of the lecture halls and for the provision of computers and books.
The wife of one of the executive members of the church, Mrs Georgina Amaniampong, assisted the chairman and other leaders to unveil a plaque of honour before the building was dedicated by Apostle Dr Onyinah.
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