President Akufo-Addo has cut the sod for the commencement of work on the second phase of the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) expansion project in Ho, in the Volta Region.
The first phase of the $16 million University project saw the construction of facilities including an administration block, classrooms, library, laboratory, auditorium, student’s activity centre, and a cafeteria for the School of Basic and Biomedical Sciences.
Phase I of the project was funded by the Chinese government through its development Agency, China AID, was completed and handed over to the University some five years ago.
Phase II of the project is expected to accommodate the Central Administration of the University and the School of Nursing and Midwifery (SONAM), the biggest in Africa upon completion.
Speaking at the sod-cutting ceremony, President Akufo-Addo said despite all the facilities present, the University still requires additional infrastructural projects to effectively deliver on its mandate.
He explained that it is for this reason that the Ministers for Education and Finance worked in unison with the University Management to secure funding from the Chinese government to the tune of $60Million, for the commencement of the second phase of the expansion projects.
He also added that, as a demonstration of the government’s commitment to the project, it has made available GH¢6.2 million counterpart funding for the preliminary works to cover the extension of electricity, municipal water supply, construction of storm and waste drains and all ancillary services required for the project implementation.
Commending the management of the University for constructing ultramodern student hostels from internally generated funds, the President assured the University that his administration will not renege on its commitment to help the University provide quality education for its students.