UPSA Cuts Sod For Projects

Dr. Opoku Prempeh with other dignitaries undertaking the sod cutting ceremony.

The University for Professional Studies (UPSA) has commenced the development of infrastructure projects on its campus in Accra.

The projects
include an estimated GH¢133.9 million 10 floor multi-purpose twin-tower
building consisting offices, lecture rooms, commercial areas, residential areas
and rooftop general use area.

UPSA is also
constructing a GH¢90 million two 10 storey hostel blocks, to accommodate the
increasing number of students at the tertiary institution.

The
multi-purpose building and the hostels are expected to be completed within 30
and 15 months respectively.

Minister of Education,
Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, who performed the sod cutting ceremony for
the commencement of work, commended the university for the initiative which he
said was in line with government’s education vision.

He said with
the first batch of Free SHS students going to the university next year such
infrastructure projects were in the right direction as it would increase
university admission and expand the accommodation facility of the institution.

He reiterated
government’s support to infrastructure development in tertiary institutions, adding
with the right management practices, accountability and procurement processes;
the education ministry would not hesitate to approve such infrastructure
developments.

“Institutions
like KNUST and UPSA are doing well when it comes to infrastructure what stops
you from coming to ask how they are doing it,” he quizzed.

Dr Prempeh
reiterated government’s stand on the Free SHS policy, saying it was the only way
to ensure all Ghanaian children who are eligible, get SHS education.

The Vice
Chancellor of the University, Professor Abednego Okoe Amartey, thanked the
minister for the swift intervention towards the commencement of the
project saying, “it took 48 hours for him to write a cover letter for us to
take to the ministry of Finance.”

He also
expressed his appreciation to Access Bank for supporting the project saying
when completed the buildings would enhance academic activities of the
institution which has over 15,000 students. 

Prof.
Amartey pledged the institution’s commitment to ensure good maintenance
culture.

Member
of Parliament (MP) for the Madina Constituency, Abu-Bakar Saddique Boniface,
also presented 20 LED street lights to the UPSA in fulfillment of a pledge.

By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri

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