General News of Friday, 8 July 2011
Accra, July 8, GNA - University of Ghana on Friday inaugurated three newly constructed students' halls of residence to increase intake into the University.
The project funded by a consortium of seven banks led by the management of CAL Bank was to build four four-storyed students' halls to accommodate about 7,000 students.
Three out of the four halls completed and inaugurated were named after three statesmen; Dr Hilla Limann, President of the Third Republic, Dr Jean Nelson-Aka, a distinguished alumnus for being instrumental in mobilising funds for the construction of the University's Jubilee Hall and Professor Alexander Adum Kwapong, the First Ghanaian Vice Chancellor of the University.
Professor Ernest Aryeetey, Vice Chancellor of the University, inaugurating the halls, said a committee set up by the University Council came out with the three names based on their meritorious contributions to the University and promotion of education in the country.
He said the new accommodation facilities would help ease the current congestions in the other halls and provide a favourable academic atmosphere for students.
Prof. Aryeetey said the new halls though would be managed by a private entity, the University would insist on the inculcation of all hall cultures practiced so that students would feel fully connected even after completion of their studies. He expressed appreciation to the banks, consultants, contractors and all stakeholders who worked together to make the project a success.
Representatives from the families of Dr Limann and Dr Nelson-Aka, both deceased, expressed appreciation to the University for the honour.
They were of the hope that others would emulate the University for acknowledging the contributions of their departed brethren to enhance quality of education at all levels in the country. Professor Kwapong, Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana in 1966, and present expressed joy and appreciation to God and the University 93For the gift of life and the honour done to him." "I am happy to witness the occasion of having my name on such a memorable edifice for the academia while I am still alive," he said. Professor Kwapong urged students who would use the facility to endeavour to maintain them for posterity and called on the alumni to invest more in upgrading other facilities in the University to ensure academic excellence.