Ghana pumps USD30m into new energy, natural resources university
The Ghanaian Government has provided USD30 million for the development of infrastructure at the newly-established University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) in Sunyani in the Brong Ahafo Region.
It has also made available an additional GH¢15 million to support the university's programmes.
President John Dramani Mahama made this known in a speech read on his behalf by the Minister of Education, Lee Ocran, at the inauguration of the university in Sunyani.
The establishment of the university is a fulfilment of a manifesto promise made by the late President John Evans Atta Mills during the 2008 electioneering that he would establish two new public universities in the Brong Ahafo and the Volta regions.
The UENR has five schools — Engineering, Natural Resources, Sciences, Agriculture and Food Technology, Geosciences — as well as the Graduate School of Management and Sustainable Development.
For now, the university has begun with the schools of Engineering and Natural Resources.
The Sunyani municipality will host the Central Administration, the School of Natural Resources and the Graduate School, while Nsoatre will host the schools of Sciences and Engineering, with Dormaa Ahenkro playing host to the schools of Agriculture and Food Technology and Geosciences.
Brosankro and Mim will be used as field training stations, with Mim becoming a distance learning centre.
President Mahama said the institution was named the University of Energy and Natural Resources to help address the challenges faced by the nation in the energy sector and the fast depletion of the natural resources of the country.
“The UENR must be seen as a growth pole, a technology centre and a knowledge warehouse,” he said.