The University of Cape Coast (UCC) is to build a three-storey regional study centre estimated to cost GH¢14.456 million, for continuing education students at Jumapo, near Koforidua, in the New Juaben Municipality in the Eastern Region.
The project, expected to be completed in 30 months, would include 13 lecture halls, three laboratories, a library and reading centre, an ICT centre and 10 offices, as well as a lift to ensure disability friendliness.
At a sod-cutting ceremony for the commencement of the construction of the centre, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Domwini Dabiri Kuupole, said it was the government’s responsibility to extend educational infrastructure to majority of the people but it was also prudent for stakeholders to complement the government’s efforts when the need arose.
He said he was confident that the completion of the project would bring economic and development transformation to the Jumapo community and its environs.
He said the government’s limited resources called for institutions to step up efforts to assist in their own way before calling on the government for further support.
Delay of project
The Pro-vice-chancellor of the University of Cape Coast, Professor Isaac Galyuon, said the project delayed from the initial stages due to lack of funds, but expressed confidence that the institution was now in a position to start and complete the project within the stipulated time.
He noted that one of the key policies of the university was to bring tertiary education closer to the people and advised the chiefs and people of Jumapo and its environs to see the project as a collaboration between the institution and the community.
The Eastern Regional Director of Education, Ms Gertrude Mensah, advised parents to attach importance to education, adding that knowledge was the only important asset that one could bequeath to his or her children.
She appealed to the UCC to streamline the timetable of their courses to suit the needs of students so that teachers would not desert the classrooms in search of degrees.
The Chief of Jumapo, Nana Kwame Oppong-Owusu III, urged teachers in the community to be dedicated and selfless in their duties so that the young ones in the community could learn and make it to the university when it was finally opened.
He assured the contractor of the community’s maximum support and thanked all who played vital roles in ensuring the smooth commencement of the project.