President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo cut the ground for the second phase of construction work on the main campus of the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) in Ho.
The $ 68 million Chinese aid phase two project will provide a fully equipped state-of-the-art administrative block, a nursing and midwifery school, classrooms, offices, libraries and laboratories to mitigate the university’s infrastructure problems, since its inception in 2012.
President Akufo-Addo, who was on a working visit to the region, said the University had persisted and continued to prove its worth with countless achievements, and assured that the government was ready to help it develop.
“Even though it is a young university, it is already receiving a lot of laurels, honors and rankings … therefore, there is a need for the government to ensure that the infrastructure is commensurate with the university, ”he said.
President Akufo-Addo said China continues to firmly maintain its friendship with Ghana, which will continue to develop into progressive partnerships.
“This gives me the opportunity to once again express the strong appreciation of the government and people of Ghana to the government of the People’s Republic of China. The solidarity that the Chinese government and people continue to show towards us is something that, Mr. Ambassador, we really appreciate very much, ”he said.
“The different things that make up Ghana’s foreign policy towards China are well known. We are not deviating from and we will not deviate from the one-China policy. It continues to be an important cornerstone of our country’s foreign policy.
The president acknowledged the role of the University in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, saying it was a testing center for the region and its surroundings.
Chinese Ambassador Mr. Lu Kun said the development will help the advancement of the school to provide more professionals to support the government’s bold healthcare delivery initiative; Agenda 111.
“China and Africa will embark on a long journey of collaborations based on the principle of one China,” he said.
Mr. Lu said the collaboration has long flourished in education and will be extended to other areas, adding, “China will always remain Ghana’s friend and ultimate partner.
As a partner in the fight against the coronavirus, China will work with Ghana to obtain much-needed vaccines, he said.
Education Minister Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum said the project shows the government’s commitment to increasing the number of students in higher education to help meet the educational needs of the country.
He said the coronavirus pandemic made prioritizing educational demands more crucial and expressed hope that the project would be delivered on time.
Chinese construction company Nantong Si Jian is executing the project over a 22-month period, and the government of Ghana will provide road infrastructure and other inputs as part of matching funding.
Professor John Owusu Gyapong, vice-chancellor of the university, said that when completed, the university will add nearly 30,000 square meters of floor space and the student population will increase from 6,000 to 10,000 currently.
He recognized the government’s dedication to developing the leading University of Health to make it a center of excellence.
“It is always a lesson in humility to see that you have a great interest in the development of UHAS. UHAS is determined to be a star of higher education, and your continued interest in us gives us all the zeal and commitment to move this agenda forward to provide quality health workers to meet the health needs of our country, ”he told President Akufo-Addo.
“Indeed, this is a necessary and crucial aspect of the overall goal of this university, which will facilitate our mandate as a university dedicated solely to training health professionals for national development.”
“Your efforts to develop infrastructure are therefore laudable and highly laudable and demonstrate the government’s commitment to the health sector and the well-being of its citizens. ”
The vice-chancellor said the school will need high-volume buses and good roads as it grows and called on the president to help him achieve this.
President Akufo-Addo stopped to inspect work on the university’s Fodome campus on the way to the turf-cutting ceremony, and told traditional leaders in Hohoe that the government was seeking some $ 160 million for make it a “separate independent” institution in the enclave.
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