The Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) has presented a cheque for GH¢1 million towards the construction of a science laboratory complex for the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) in Sunyani.
Work on the ground floor of the project, comprising four laboratories and offices among other facilities, is currently nearing completion.
Officials of the GNPC last Friday presented a cheque for GH¢500,000 to the university to add up to the GH¢500,000 it had already presented in fulfilment of the corporation’s pledge to donate GH¢1 million as its support for the project.
Speaking before the presentation of the cheque, the GNPC Manager in charge of Sustainability, Dr Patrick Kwaku Ofori, said the GNPC made the donation in response to a request by officials of the university.
He said the GNPC was committed to assisting institutions which had the mandate to train the youth who would provide the needed human resources to sustain the oil and gas sector.
Dr Ofori, who is also Chief Operating Officer of the GNPC Foundation, said as part of its vision, the GNPC had already provided a total of GH¢1 million to four other universities for the development of some faculties, while about 760 students in various public universities, pursuing courses relevant to the petroleum industry, had also been offered scholarships.
“We have to collaborate with the UENR to develop its potential, the climate and forest development to enable it to come out with measures to mitigate effects of the petroleum industry in the country,” he stated.
A member of the GNPC Board, Mr Yaw Kyei, who presented the cheque to the Chairman of the UENR Council, Professor Ambrose K. Tuah, commended the university for its achievements since its establishment.
He called for partnership between academic institutions and industry to ensure the provision of the right calibre of human resources to enhance the country’s industrial development.
Receiving the cheque, Prof. Tuah explained that the cost of running universities in the country continued to rise year after year.
“It is for this reason that donations from corporate institutions such as the GNPC, which will solve critical problems, are always welcome,” he said.
Prof. Tuah stated that the UENR was committed to training high calibre of people who could contribute to the development of the energy, forestry, petroleum and other critical sectors to enhance national development.