President Akufo-Addo has commissioned the first phase of the University of Environment and Sustainable Development (UESD) at Somanya in the Eastern Region.
Phase one of the University was constructed by Italian construction firm Contracta, at an estimated cost of more that 45 million euros through the Italian Export Credit Agency, SACE, the German bank and the Deutsche Bank.
The edifice consists of lecture halls, hostel facilities, laboratory and accommodation for staff.
Phase one of the University of Environment and Sustainable Development (UESD)
At the inaugural ceremony, on Wednesday, August 5, 2020, President Akufo-Addo stated that UESD is yet another example of the nation’s commitment to providing quality education and skills training for the Ghanaian people.
“Indeed, this is the first university in the country with the mandate to provide higher education, research and disseminate knowledge on matters of sustainable development, the protection of the environment, and a focus on developing agri-business,” he said.
Adding that, “at a time when the world’s attention is focused on the attainment of the seventeen (17) United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, for which I currently serve as co-Chair of the Eminent Group of Advocates, the establishment of UESD could not have come at a more opportune moment in our nation’s history”.
UESD is expected commence academic activities for the 2020/2021 academic year in September this year. Nana Akufo-Addo further expressed confidence that UESD will help tackle social menace like deforestation, illegal mining, destruction of biodiversity, climate change and other environmental issues the country faces.
The president also cut sod for the construction of the second phase of UESD.
President Akufo-Addo cuts sod for Phase Two of UESD
“The contract for Phase Two was signed on 6th May, 2020. It is a turnkey contract agreement with M/S Contracta, valued at forty-nine million, eight hundred and ninety-one thousand, ninety-eight euros (€49,891,098.00), to be completed within thirty (30) months of signature of the agreement,” the President noted.
Government has since granted financial clearance to the University to recruit an initial three hundred (300) staff to enable its smooth take-off.