The Dean of the Navrongo Campus of the University for Development Studies, Dr Kazeem Gbolagade, has expressed concern over the delay in the provision of furniture for the newly constructed auditorium of the institution.
He said the delay, coupled with the lack of basic infrastructure such as a computer and modern science laboratory, and an administration block, among others, was affecting teaching.
Dr Gbolagade said this at a meeting with the Upper East Regional Minister, Alhaji Limuna Mohammed-Muniru, his Deputy, Mr Daniel A. Syme, and other members of faculty at Navrongo during the minister’s working visit.
The Dean said the auditorium project was initiated during the tenure of the late President John Evans Atta Mills and inaugurated recently but could not be put to good use because the funding agencies had not been able to provide the necessary funds for the procurement of furniture to enable the full utilisation of the structure.
Dr Gbolagade also complained about the lack of a modern science laboratory in the school and said students studying science had to sometimes fall on nearby senior high schools such as Navrongo Senior High school for laboratory materials and chemicals to conduct experiments.
He said the university’s computer laboratory would have to be expanded, while work on the road network on campus would have to be expedited to bring relief to members of the university community. He also called for funding for the construction of a wall around the campus to enhance security.
“We know that this government is doing a lot for this campus but we want to believe more can be done to raise the image of this institution,” he added.
The Upper East Regional Minister, Alhaji Limuna Mohammed-Muniru, praised the management and students of the university for the good work they were doing under difficult and challenging conditions and gave an assurance that his administration would do all it could to help create the right environment for effective academic work on the campus.
He said the government took human resource development seriously and it would work closely with the UDS management to evolve the right strategies to help harness and develop the potentials of the youth who passed through the university.
The President of the UDS Students Representative Council, Mr Francis Ampeh, said the Navrongo Campus was facing acute shortage of student hostels and appealed to government and other stakeholders such as SSNIT and GETFUND to invest in that sector to ameliorate the accommodation challenges confronting students.
A lecturer in Economics of the University, Madam Gloria Bob Millar, appealed to the regional minister to use his capacity as Minister of State in Charge of Human Resource Development and Scholarships to secure scholarship for brilliant students at UDS since most students have demonstrated the potential to succeed with little support.
Story: Benjamin Xornam Glover
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