University of Energy appeals for GH¢50 million seed money

Sunyani, Aug. 13, GNA – The University of
Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) has appealed for a seed money of GH¢50
million and an annual cash allocation of GH¢10 million for the next 10 years.

That would enable the University to have some
relief because “it is saddled with debts” due to non-release of funds for goods
and services by government over the past three years.

The University, therefore, has not been able
to meet its financial obligations and consequently it owed most of its service
providers and suppliers.

The seed money would again allow the
University to meet the high cost of running a multi-campus system and also
implement its “Ten-Year Strategic Plan” (2016-2026) which was launched on April
8, 2016.

Professor Harrison Kwame Dapaah, the
Vice-Chancellor, made the appeal when the Vice President, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu
Bawumia, addressed the second congregation of the University in Sunyani on
Saturday, which saw 628 students graduating after pursuing four-year bachelor’s
degree courses.

They comprised 299 from the School of
Engineering, 110 from the School of Science and 219 from the School of Natural

Prof. Dapaah said as a young and growing institution,
UENR was faced with a number of infrastructural challenges, including lack of
lecture hall complex for each of the campuses, halls of residence, offices for
staff and housing for teaching and non-teaching staff.

Currently, he said the University was using
its uncompleted library and Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
Complex as lecture hall while re-accreditation of most of its programmes
required a well-functioning library and ICT facilities.

Prof. Dapaah said the Ghana Education Trust
Fund (GETFund) projects had come to a standstill and the contractors had
abandoned them due to non-payment.  

“Our laboratories are inadequate and,
therefore, in some of the courses, we have no option than to bus some of the
students to Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology for practicals
at high bench fees”, he said. 

Prof. Dapaah expressed worry that recruitment
and replacement of staff for the University was a challenge, adding “Financial
clearance for 2016 for recruitment is yet to be approved by the Ministry of

“But all other Universities, except our
University, received some form of approvals for 2016,” he said.

The situation had resulted in the University’s
inability to meet the National Council for Tertiary Education’s norms relating
to student-staff ratio.          

Prof. Dapaah said currently over 60 part-time
lecturers and 70 casual staff had been engaged by the University to enable
academic life to continue at “a huge financial burden”.

He mentioned transportation, technical and
security, fibre optic cabling of three campuses, books and teaching aids and
fencing of the University as some of the challenges.


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