The University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR), Sunyani in the Bono Region is to be named after the late Prime Minister of the Second Republic, Professor Kofi Abrefa Busia, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has announced.
He made the announcement at the 4th Congregation of the University in Sunyani today, August 10, 2019.
“Following the decision taken by the University’s Council on August 3, 2018, the university will be named after one of the illustrious sons of the region, Professor K.A Busia after the decision had received Parliamentary approval “, he stated amidst applause.
A representative of the Wenchi Traditional Council, the hometown of the late K. A Busia, Akyeamehene Nana Damoah Koasane Adese-Poku Kofabaye thanked the university and the President for the honour done their son.
Delivering the keynote address at the ceremony of the President said the Free Senior High School policy will from September will benefit all students from SHS 1 to SHS 3.
“In all, 1.2 million children will be enrolled in our High Schools across the country under the policy, making it the largest number of students so enrolled in our history,” he said.
“It is, thus, inevitable that, from 2020, when the first batch of free SHS students graduate, our universities and other tertiary institutions will be confronted with the challenge of higher numbers of students seeking admission,” he added.
He revealed that there are plans by the government to expand of expanding infrastructure at the various tertiary institutions to accommodate the expected higher numbers.
This intervention, the President explained, will provide increased opportunities for young people to further their education, pursue their dreams, and, ultimately, contribute their quota to the development of the country.
With several GETFund projects on the campus of UENR at a standstill, and putting enormous pressure on the facilities of the University, a number of directives to GETFund, dating back to the previous administration, to place some of the uncompleted projects at UENR on their priority list has not yielded much.
“Things will change, and I prefer to let my deeds, not words, do the talking. It is not for nothing that the Minister of State for Tertiary Education is here at this ceremony. His presence is intended to be a guarantee of action,” he added.
“Whilst we work to address the infrastructural challenges of the University, I am happy to announce that the pledge we made to construct the 5 kilometres of access roads for the University is being fulfilled. A contract worth GH¢7.9 million has been awarded to Messrs JOFASM Limited, and the road will be completed in 18 months. The contractor will be on-site by the end of this month,” he revealed.