Akufo-Addo cuts grass for $90 million University of Engineering and Agricultural Sciences

President Akufo-Addo has cut the grass for the start of construction of the University of Engineering and Agricultural Sciences (UEAS), in Bunso, Eastern Region.

It will be recalled that in this year’s State of the Nation message to Parliament on March 30, President Akufo-Addo indicated that steps were being taken to transform the planned Bunso campus of the University of environment and sustainable development into an autonomous, independent university dedicated to the study of engineering.

“I also indicated that construction of this campus will begin within the next three months. As you already know, President Akufo-Addo does not make promises he cannot keep. I am pleased that we are all gathered here in Bunso to cut the grass for the construction of the University of Engineering and Agricultural Sciences, which will be a center of excellence in engineering, agricultural sciences, applied sciences and the built environment,” said the president. .

Addressing the gathering, which included Okyenhene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin, President Akufo-Addo said that the world as we know it is basically driven by technology.

He said that energy, industry, agriculture, medicine and health, air and water quality, transport, sanitation, use, management and conservation natural resources – all are ultimately based on science and technology.

“Thus, it is obvious that to be part of this modern world, there must be science and technology elements at all levels of the development process.

“This means that a country’s development depends on its ability to understand, adapt, produce and commercialize scientific and technological knowledge in ways appropriate to its culture, aspirations and level of development,” he added.

Akufo-Addo cuts grass for $90 million University of Engineering and Agricultural Sciences

This, he explained, will help shape the realization of the national dream, “which is to meet the basic challenges of survival, such as providing food, shelter, clothing, health and safety to the people. , and create the wealth that will guarantee prosperity”. 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), with the goal being to ensure a science-humanities ratio target of 60:40, and also educate a critical mass of the Ghanaian population for science-related jobs, which will define their future employability.

Akufo-Addo cuts grass for $90 million University of Engineering and Agricultural Sciences

“I am therefore pleased to note that TVET student enrollment in high schools this year reached record highs – 44,000 students, representing a 100% increase from the 2021 figure. As a result , our tertiary gross enrollment ratio, measuring enrollment in tertiary education, regardless of age, expressed as a percentage of the population, which stood at 18.8% in 2021, has significantly increased to 20% this year,” he added.

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Upon completion, the President said that UEAS will be the second public university in the Eastern region, which will focus on meeting the human resource demands of domestic industries.

Akufo-Addo cuts grass for $90 million University of Engineering and Agricultural Sciences

“The establishment of this university is also part of the government’s response to the current national concern over food security.

“The University will provide leadership in teaching, research and public awareness in a number of areas, and will help address issues that affect our food security and improve the future competitiveness of Ghanaian industries in a sustainable manner,” he added.

The President thanked the Export-Import Bank of Korea and the Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) of the Republic of Korea for providing the $90,000,000 facility for the construction of the Engineering University and Agricultural Sciences, Bunso Project.

Akufo-Addo cuts grass for $90 million University of Engineering and Agricultural Sciences

He urged all stakeholders i.e. Ministry of Education, contractors and consultants among others to work on time and within budget.

President Akufo-Addo also took the opportunity to express the sincere gratitude of the Government and people of Ghana to the Government and people of the Republic of Korea for their continued cooperation with Ghana and assured them of Ghana’s determination to deepen and broaden the ties of friendship between the two countries.

“Osagyefo, Nananom, I am delighted to be here once again and by the grace of God I will be here again in 24 months to command the University of Engineering and Agricultural Sciences. And I have the great honor and pleasure of cutting the grass for the start of its construction,” concluded the President.

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