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SOMANYA: Prez Commissions Phase One Of University Of Environment And Sustainable Development (UESD)

The Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, has lauded President Akufo-Addo for his vision and determination in ensuring the needs of the country’s tertiary education are served in order to propel her development.

The Education Minister made these remarks at a ceremony to commission Phase One of the University of Environment and Sustainable Development (UESD) and the sod-cutting for Phase Two of the same project at the university campus at Somanya in the Eastern Region.

The Minister mentioned that since taking over office in 2017, there were a number of outstanding issues that were hindering this project, including contractual and funding issues.

“Today, thanks to the President’s vision and commitment, we gather in celebration, not just to commission the first phase of this beautiful university construction project, but also to cut the sod for the commencement of the second phase. It is a moment of pride for us all, and I am confident that the UESD will grow to become one of this country’s foremost institutions of higher learning and cutting edge research, helping to find solutions to some of our challenges”, he stated.

It is emerging, under Phase One of the project, facilities such as; Lecture Hall for School of Natural and Environmental Science, Multi-Purpose Auditorium for School of Natural and Environmental Science, Laboratory Building for School of Agriculture and Agro-Entrepreneurship Development, Faculty Offices (Administration Block) for School of Agriculture and Agro-Entrepreneurship Development, Vice Chancellor's Residency, Pro Vice Chancellors' Residency and Key Officers' Residency.

He explained the cost of the phase was Forty-five million, Five Hundred and Seventy-five Thousand Euros (€45,575,000.00).

This was under a Commercial Agreement with M/S Contracta Construzione through Financing Agreements with the Deutsche Bank S.p.A and the Export Credit Guarantee from Italy.

Official commencement date for the project was set at January 9, 2018 and was completed on 21st October, 2019.

"Phase Two involves the provision of the following facilities such as; Lecture Halls, Main Library, Laboratory, Football Pitch, Handball/Basket Ball, Badminton, Tennis Court and Tartan Track"

ThinkNews Online has also gathered that the Contract agreement was signed on 6th May, 2020.

The EPC/Turnkey Contract Agreement with M/S Contracta is valued at Forty-nine million, Eight Hundred and Ninety-one Thousand, Ninety-eight Euros (€49,891,098.00) for completion within 30 months.

The Government of Ghana has received a loan from the Export-Import Bank of Korea from the resources of the Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) of the Republic of Korea in the amount of US$90,000,000 toward the cost of the Establishment of University of Environment and Sustainable Development (UESD), Bunso Campus Project.

The loan agreement was signed in 2018.

The project consists of a Building Construction Works, Provision of Equipment, Capacity Building, Post-project Operational Support and Consulting Services

Present at the ceremony were Government Ministers, Members of Parliament, Officials from the Ministry of Education and its agencies, University Officials, Traditional Rulers, Clergymen and a cross-section of the Ghanaian public.

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Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith



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