President Akufo-Addo has cut sod to begin construction for the University of Engineering and Agricultural Sciences (UEAS) in Banso, in the eastern region.
It will be recalled that, in this year’s message on the State of the Nation to Parliament on 30 March, President Akufo-Addo indicated that steps were being taken to convert the University of Environment and Sustainable Development’s planned Banso campus into a standalone , independent university dedicated to the study of engineering.
“I also indicated that the construction of this complex would start within the next three months. As you already know, President Akufo-Addo doesn’t make promises he can’t keep. I am glad that all of us have gathered here in Banso to build a University of Engineering and Agricultural Sciences, which will be a center of excellence in engineering, agricultural science, applied science and the built environment,” the President said.
Addressing the gathering, which included Okinene, Osagifo Amotiya Ofori Panin, President Akufo-Addo said that the world, as we know it, is essentially driven by technology.
He said that energy, industry, agriculture, medicine and health, clean air and water, transport, sanitation, use, management and conservation of natural resources – all ultimately based on science and technology.
“So, it is clear that to be a part of this modern world, there must be science and technology elements at all levels of the development process.
“This means that the development of a country depends on its ability to understand, adapt, produce and commercialize scientific and technological knowledge in a manner appropriate to its culture, aspirations and level of development,” he said.
This, he explained, would help fulfill the national dream, “which is to meet the basic challenges of existence, such as providing food, shelter, clothing, health and security for people, and building wealth that guarantees prosperity.” of present and future generations”.
The President noted that, over the past five years, his government has increasingly implemented initiatives and programs rooted in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), aiming to ensure a 60:40 science-humanities ratio , and also educate a significant mass of Ghana’s population for science-related jobs, which will define their future employability.
“Thus, I am pleased to learn that this year the enrollment of TVET students in senior high schools has reached a record level – 44,000 students, which represents a 100 percent increase over the 2021 enrollment figure. As a result, our Gross tertiary enrollment ratio, a measure of enrollment in tertiary education, regardless of age, expressed as a percentage of the population, which was 18.8% in 2021, has increased significantly this year to 20%,” he said. said.
Upon completion, the President stated that UEAS will be the second public university in the Eastern Region, focusing on meeting human resource demands from domestic industries.
“The establishment of this university is also part of the government’s response to the current national preoccupation with food security.
“The University will provide leadership in teaching, research and public outreach in many areas, and help address the problems affecting our food security, and sustainably enhance the future competitiveness of Ghanaian industries,” he said.
The President thanked the Export-Import Bank of the Republic of Korea and the Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) for providing a $90,000,000 facility for the construction of the University of Engineering and Agricultural Sciences, Banso Project.
He urged all the stakeholders, namely the Ministry of Education, contractors and consultants, among others, to work on time and within budget.
President Akufo-Addo used the occasion to express his sincere appreciation to the Government and the people of the Republic of Korea for their continued cooperation with Ghana and to encourage them to deepen and expand the bonds of friendship between Ghana. Ghana’s determination to be assured. two countries.
“Osagyefo, Nannom, I am excited to be here once again, and, by the grace of God, I will be here again in 24 months to commission the University of Engineering and Agricultural Sciences. And I am to begin its construction. It is a matter of great honor and pleasure to cut the watan,” the President concluded.