Yamfo (A/R),- Dr Mohammed Mohammed Ibrahim, the Director, College of Health, Yamfo (CoHY), has appealed to the Government, corporate bodies, philanthropists and the public to support the institution to address its infrastructure challenges.
He said the College’s accommodation and lecture halls were inadequate, affecting students’ stay on campus and hindering effective teaching and learning.
Dr Ibrahim made the appeal at the inauguration of three students’ hostel facilities, five mechanized boreholes and a Toyota minibus for the College at Yamfo in the Tano North Municipality of the Ahafo Region.
The hostels costed a little over GHC2 million, each estimated at GHC667,000, whilst the five boreholes costed GHC100,000 and the Toyota minibus procured at GHC240,000.
Dr Ibrahim said the College funded the projects from its internally-generated fund (IGF).
Since the establishment of the College till last year when Management converted some of the limited lecture halls into hostel facilities, all students were accommodated in rented premises at the Yamfo Township, he said.
He express regret that the College had been spending huge sums of money on rent to accommodate students, and said its rent renewals for this year was about GHC384,000.
He said the CoHY, unlike other Ministry of Health training institutions, offered only Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree programmes and that it intended to maintain its tertiary status to metamorphose into a model health university with its teaching hospital and set-up centres.
“The College is ready to become a university even today for the Ahafo Region to benefit from the government’s policy of every region getting a public university,” Dr Ibrahim said.
Dr Emmanuel Opoku Marfo, a member of the College’s Advisory Board, expressed concern over the encroachments of the school lands, saying if not halted, it would affect the expansion projects in the medium to long-term.
He called on the Yamfo Traditional Council to support the Management and Board to take immediate steps to halt the menace.
Dr Marfo, a lecturer at the University of Energy and Natural Resources, also appealed to the encroachers and the public to be nationalistic and desist from such unpatriotic acts.
Source: Ghana News Agency