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The Bono Regional Minister, Hon. Justina Owusu-Banahene has assured the University of Energy and Natural Resources infrastructural boost which is one of the core challenges of the University since its inception in 2012. The Bono Regional Minister said this on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, when she led the University to break grounds for the construction of a GH¢19 million ultra-modern multipurpose office complex at the Sunyani campus, to expand the infrastructure of the University.

The project, which forms part of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Elvis Asare-Bediako’s vision to transform the University into a state-of-art academic institution, on completion shall house 96 offices, conference rooms as well as other spaces to facilitate activities on campus. The Vice-Chancellor in his address at the sod-cutting ceremony admitted that the requisite structures needed to run the University are inadequate. “The University is in dire need of offices for teaching and non-teaching staff, lecture halls to meet our intake of students, conference rooms, and auditoriums for major university programmes such as matriculation and graduation ceremonies”, he added. The Vice-Chancellor, however, anticipated that the construction of the office complex commences the emergence of more physical development on the campuses of the University.

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 Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Elvis Asare-Bediako

The University Council Chairman, Prof. Kwasi Nsiah Gyabaah on his part remarked that the project, which would be funded from the University’s Internally Funds (IGF), needs the support of all staff. He, on behalf of the Council, assured their readiness to support the completion of the project.

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 University Council Chairman, Prof. Kwasi Nsiah Gyabaah

Giving her comments on the project, the Regional Minister commended UENR for providing holistic education not only in the classroom but also through the expansion of infrastructure to ensure effective academic and administrative activities on campus. She lauded the University for spearheading the funding of the project through its IGF. This, she said clearly advocates the Ghana Beyond Aid agenda. The Regional Minister further pledged to use every means within her reach to provide the needed infrastructure for the University’s growth.

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Bono Regional Minister, Hon. Justina Owusu-Banahene

Mr. Douglas Kwasi Koomson, the Project Manager speaking for the Adujem Company Limited, the contractors for the project, told the University management that his company would ensure the quality of work and completion of the project within the expected period of 18 months.

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 Mr. Douglas Kwasi Koomson, the Project Manager, Adujem Company Limited