Construction Works on UG Projects and African Games Facilities Progressing Steadily

Senior Management of the University of Ghana, led by Vice-Chancellor Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo recently conducted an inspection and found satisfactory progress on ongoing construction projects at the University.

Among the sites inspected was the Alumni-sponsored Hotspot Comfort Zone building, which had been under construction for a month since the foundation was laid. The team also visited the proposed site for another Hotspot Comfort Zone, to be sponsored by FBN Bank.

During the visit, the team made a stop at the Diamond Jubilee Hostel, which is currently under construction. The over 900-capacity hostel is expected to provide comfortable accommodation for students and will serve as the University's legacy project to commemorate its 75th Anniversary.

The team at the Diamond Jubilee Hostel

The construction site of the Genomics Medicine Building Complex for the West African Genetic Medicine Centre (WAGMC) was also inspected by the team. The facility, which is expected to be completed by November 2023, houses classrooms, seminar rooms, laboratories and a 200-seater auditorium.

(far right) Prof. Fiifi Ofori-Acquah, Founding Director of WAGMC, in an interaction with the VC when she arrived on site

Additionally, the team checked on the progress of the redevelopment at the Night Market, a popular eatery on campus. The redevelopment aims to prevent flooding and create a more vendor-friendly environment. Washrooms have been built for the convenience of students and vendors, and pavement works, as well as re-roofing have been completed. The capacity of the market has also been increased with the addition of extra stalls.

As part of the inspection, Senior Management joined Hon. Mustapha Ussif, Minister of Youth and Sports, Dr. Kwaku Ofosu Asare, Chairman, and other members of the Local Organizing Committee of the African Games, to assess the development and preparation of designated facilities for the upcoming 13th African Games in Accra.

Hon. Mustapha Ussif together with senior officials of the University at the stadium

The Dome Site, which houses two 500-seater cafeterias, places of convenience and a clinic facility as well as the UGEL hostel grounds, where refurbishment works were underway to accommodate athletes for the event were also inspected.

Officials inspecting work done at the Dome site

The team had the opportunity to tour the University of Ghana Stadium, a state-of-the-art sporting facility with a capacity of 10,000 seats, six changing rooms, and a warm up and training pitch. The stadium also features an area dedicated to anti-doping measures and a police post.

After the inspection, Vice-Chancellor Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo expressed her satisfaction with the progress made so far. She commended the speed and quality of the work carried out by the contractors and urged them to maintain momentum and prioritize meeting the various completion timelines. She emphasised the need for strict adherence to safety standards and quality assurance to ensure successful project delivery.

In response, the Youth and Sports Minister, Hon. Mustapha Ussif, expressed gratitude to the University of Ghana for the tremendous support and partnership with the Ministry and the LOC in our efforts to provide the facilities required for hosting and organising the games

The inspection ended with a briefing session involving the Local Organizing Committee (LOC), the Minister for Youth and Sports, and the University Management.