Ten infrastructural projects to enhance the academic programmes of the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) have been completed and handed over to the Ministry of Education.
The projects were executed at a cost of $20 million from a Chinese grant with a local counterpart funding of GH¢3.5 million from the government of Ghana.
The facilities include a Faculty of Basic and Biomedical Science, the main administration block, a library, 15 lecture halls, one-multi-purpose auditorium and seven laboratories.
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The rest are a cafeteria/kitchen; an electrical transformation and distribution room, a students’ hostel for 65 people and four semi-detached two-bedroom houses.
The projects, which were started on August 7, 2013 and completed on April 6, 2015, were executed by the China Yanjian Group Company Ltd.
The Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, Madam Sun Baohong, and the Minister of Education, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, yesterday signed the acceptance certificate for the project on behalf of their respective governments at a brief ceremony in Accra.
Handing over the certificate, Madam Sun said the contractors had fulfilled their duty, “with a high sense of responsibility and set up another landmark, which reflects the friendly sentiments between the people of our two countries.”
Importance of education
She said China and Ghana attached great importance to education, adding that the two countries held the belief that the quality of talents determined a nation’s development and progress.
“Education has always been one of the priority areas for our bilateral cooperation. This year, China has provided 90 scholarships and more than 700 training opportunities to Ghanaian talents.
Benefits of projects
She was hopeful that the new facilities and equipment provided by the Chinese government would help more Ghanaians to realise their dreams for medical education.
Madam Sun also stated that China would always remain Ghana’s trustworthy friend and sincere partner, adding that she expected more collaboration in the future.
Importance of Science and Mathematics
Responding, Prof. Opoku-Agyemang said the government was committed to improving the education sector.
She underscored the importance of Science and Mathematics as a driving force for national development and said that explained why all the new public universities were science-based.
Prof. Opoku-Agyemang was happy that the contractors engaged young Ghanaian graduates during the execution of the project.