The University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR), Sunyani, has received funding from the Jospong Group of Companies (JGC) Environmental Sanitation Research Fund (ESRF), together with 12 other universities and research institutions across the country, to conduct research on waste management. The overall goal of the ESRF is to support research that will provide solutions and approaches on practical and sustainable ways of managing solid waste in Ghana, which will facilitate the Government’s drive of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Presenting the UENR’s Grant Award Certificate to Management at a brief meeting held on 17 March 2022, the lead researcher from UENR on the project, Ing. Dr. Edward A. Awafo, disclosed that the team from UENR will focus on conducting research on recovering energy from municipal solid waste as a way of sustainably managing waste in Ghana. He further acknowledged that it was the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Elvis Asare-Bediako who brought to the attention of the team the call for proposals, following which the team submitted a concept note and subsequently, a full proposal. On the behalf of the team, Ing. Dr. Awafo thanked the Vice-Chancellor for his invaluable support throughout the process leading up to the award of the grant and requested his continued support during the implementation phase.
Appreciating the efforts of the team, the Vice-Chancellor underscored that these achievements by the University, are among the numerous activities that will make the University become one of the best in West Africa in the not too distant future. He also said that the project adds up to the University’s contribution to finding a lasting solution to Ghana’s waste challenges.
The UENR research team on the project are Ing. Dr. Edward Awafo, Dr. Gilbert Akolgo, Ing. Dr. Emmanuel Amankwah and Dr. Eric Akowuah, all with the School of Engineering. The Dean of the School of Engineering, Ing. Prof. Nana Sarfo Agyeman Derkyi, Mr. Christian Yeboah-Nuako, Director of Works and the Director of Centre for Grants, Research and Innovation (CeGRI), Dr. Peter Sanful, were also present at the meeting and commended the project team for their efforts.