His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo has commissioned and cut sod for the commencement of construction of the University of Environment and Sustainable Development (UESD) the phase two in Somanya, in the Eastern Region.
President Akufo-Addo speaking at the ceremony at Somanya said he University of Environment and Sustainable Development (UESD), funded through the Italian Export Credit Agency, SACE, and the German bank, Deutsche Bank, is another example of his government’s commitment to provide quality education and skills training for the Ghanaian people.
“Indeed, this is the first university in the country with the mandate to provide higher education, research and disseminate knowledge on matters of sustainable development, the protection of the environment, and a focus on developing agri-business,” he added.
He continued, “At a time when the world’s attention is focused on the attainment of the seventeen (17) United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, for which I currently serve as co-Chair of the Eminent Group of Advocates, the establishment of UESD could not have come at a more opportune moment in our nation’s history”.
The contract for Phase Two which was signed on May 6, 2020, is a turnkey contract agreement with M/S Contracta, valued at forty-nine million, eight hundred and ninety-one thousand, ninety-eight euros (€49,891,098.00), to be completed within thirty (30) months of signature of the agreement.
He announced that the government through the Finance Ministry has granted financial clearance to the University to recruit an initial three hundred (300) staff to enable its smooth take-off.
“The Interim Council is, moreover, expected to begin recruitment of its first batch of undergraduate students for the 2020/2021 academic year. I assure you that Government will continue to do all it can to help this University discharge its mandate, and grow to become a centre of excellence,” he said.
Phase One comprises the following;
1. Lecture Hall for School of Natural and Environmental Science
2. Multi-Purpose Auditorium for School of Natural and Environmental Science
3. Laboratory Building for School of Agriculture and Agro-Entrepreneurship Development
4. Faculty Offices (Administration Block) for School of Agriculture and Agro-Entrepreneurship Development
5. Vice Chancellor’s Residency
6. Pro Vice Chancellors’ Residency
7. Key Officers’ Residency
Phase Two of the project comprises;
involves the provision of the following facilities:
1. Lecture Halls
2. Main Library
4. Football Pitch
5. Handball/Basket Ball
7. Tennis Court
8. Tartan Track
Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh who joined Akufo-Addo for the commission in his remarks said: “the NPP government has delivered and will continue to deliver on its commitment to education at all levels as an important lever for meeting the development aspirations of our people, and that our record in education is admirable”.