Takoradi Technical University in partnership with ConstructPRO Innovations has cut sod for the construction of a $5 million multipurpose hostel to reduce the accommodation challenges facing the University.
The Modular Hostel Unit facility will provide accommodation for three thousand, two hundred and fifty (3,250) students in order to reduce the accommodation deficit on the University Campus.
Cutting the sod, the Western Regional Minister, Hon. Kwabena Okyere-Darko Mensah expressed his gratitude to the University Management and ConstructPRO Innovations for the agreement to complement government’s resolve to provide facilities of this nature to make teaching and learning on campus more feasible.
Okyere-Darko Mensah, commended the University Management for accepting such innovation which according to him exhibits a high sense of leadership when it comes to novelty and innovation for the University’s development.
“Let me thank you for taking the lead and providing a solution to alleviate the burden on government”.
He further noted that, the success of the Free SHS Policy, which has especially doubled in enrollment in the Western Region, from 13,000 to 27,000, is a clear demonstration that there will be pressure on TTU this year to admit more students, for which this project is timely.
He, however, implored the parties (TTU and ConstructionPRO) to ensure that the project becomes a “phase one” of more of such students’ accommodation to be put up either on the main campus, BU or Akatakyi.
Explaining the impact of the project for the University community, the Vice Chancellor, Rev. Prof John Frank Eshun indicated that the commencement of the project is very timely as the completion of this project will help reduce the accommodation challenge on campus.
“The completion of this project will help the University reduce students’ accommodation deficit of about 11,000 to 7,000” he said.
He further stated that the University’s vision to give its students a decent and fitting accommodation to enhance dexterous learning is what led them to seek investors such as ConstructPRO Innovations to assist in achieving the vision.
He pledged the support of Management and the University community to the contractors in order to foster completion of the project on schedule.
“It is my prayer that this would not be a nine-day wonder as a lot of people come to make promises and leave without accomplishing it, but that this project will speed up for the facility to be effectively utilized by the University”, he concluded.
Mr Ernest Amissah, CEO of ConstructPRO Innovations for his part, was elated that the project has finally become a reality adding, the facility would be equipped with modern technology making it sustainable and solar-powered (off-grid).
“The project would include an amenity centre, made up of a health centre, cafeteria, library, supermarket, spaces for commercial activities as well as recreational centres to enhance student’s activities on campus.
He further stated that Takoradi Technical University is privileged to be the first University in Ghana to have such an ultra-modern facility.
He, however, expressed optimism that the two-year project will be completed as scheduled to give the students a decent accommodation for sound academic activities.
Present at the sod-cutting ceremony were the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, the Registrar, Director of Finance, Deans, Heads of Department, staff and students of the TTU.
Source: Ghana/Starrfm.com.gh/103.5FM/ Nana adwoa Hagan/ Empire FM