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President John Dramani Mahama last Thursday officially inaugurated the permanent campus of the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) at
Sokode-Lokoe, near Ho.


The University is a campaign promise of late President John Evans Atta Mills and was established by an Act of Parliament ACT 828 of
December 2011.


It is the first public university in the Volta Region and has two campuses, a main campus at Sokode-Lokoe and another at Hohoe.


The University was funded by the Chinese government at a cost of 17 million dollars with counterpart funding of GHc 3.6 million from the Government of Ghana


It covers a land area of 10,386 square meters and has eleven buildings, comprising lecture halls, libraries, students’ hostels, lecturers’ bungalows and other facilities.


The colourful ceremony attracted hundreds of people including traditional rulers, opinion leaders, youth groups in the Volta region and top government officials and Ministers of State.


President Mahama commended the Chinese Government for its continued support to the education and other sectors of the economy, saying, the gesture strengthens the relationship between the two countries.


He described UHAS as a “baby” educational nstitution to the country and pledged the readiness of his government to support it to grow and be the best in training health professionals in Africa.


President Mahama commended the University Council, Implementing and Planning Committees for efforts at ensuring the successful establishment of the University.


He asked the Ministry of Health to speed up processes towards upgrading the Volta Regional Hospital into teaching hospital.


President Mahama said he was aware of issues concerning payment of compensation to landowners of the site and assured that they would be settled soon.


The Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, Her Excellency Madam Sun Baohong, said China was happy to be part of UHAS and promised to providefurniture to the University.


She reiterated her country’s support to Ghana’s educational sector.


The Minister of Education, Prof. Naana Jane Opoku Agyeman, noted that there had been improvement in infrastructure for educational institutions in the country and stressed that government was committed to ensuring the delivery of quality education in the country.


She said plans were far advanced for another public university in the Eastern Region and called for support from all stakeholders.


Prof. Opoku Agyeman said government was also working towards making vocational and technical educational appealing to the youth to create employment.


The Vice Chancellor of UHAS, Prof. Fred Binka, said the University had achieved national and international laurels in three years of its establishment, though facing funding challenges.


He expressed gratitude to government for making the University a reality.


President Mahama earlier commissioned the Nkwanta Day Senior High School, one of the 200 Day Senior High Schools he promised during the 2012 presidential election campaign, and also visited the Volta Region House of Chiefs.


He later addressed a rally at the Jubilee Park in Ho.


Source: ISD (Yvonne Elikplim Harlley-Kanyi)