President John Dramani Mahama has conceded that Ghana is still confronted with the challenges of insufficient energy supply to meet current demand for both domestic and industrial use.
According to him, Ghana has to adapt with the technological course for rapid development because the natural resources are depleting faster than anticipating.
The President said this in an address read on his behalf by the Minister for Education, Mr. Lee Ocran, at the inauguration of the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) in Sunyani at the weekend. The occasion also marked the investiture and induction of the Vice Chancellor, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Registrar for the University.
He said for the University is expected to have a global impact and have a significant presence in meeting national and local aspirations by providing growth, technology and knowledge warehouse for the people.
The President stated further that as the University strides in achieving its vision and mission, the school can count on the support of the government. President Mahama revealed that government has so far provided an amount of $30million towards the infrastructural development and further amount of GHÂÂ¢15million as seed money.
The Vice-Chancellor for UENR, Prof. Mrs. Esi Awuah expressed her enthusiasm for the three startup programmes of the school including -Renewable Energy Engineering, Forest Resource Management and Wildlife and Range Management- which have all been accredited by the National Accreditation Board.
She said the programs are offered in two schools namely the school of Engineering and the school of Natural Resources, where a total of 154 pioneer batches of students have been admitted.
Prof. Awuah explained that the UENR needs to expand and so with time new programs would be considered, such as School of sciences, School of Agriculture and food technology, school of geosciences and the graduate school of management and sustainable development.
According to her, the UENR will operate along multi-campus system to reflect the geographical location of its land, on their three major campuses including Fiapre, Nsoatre and Dormaa-Ahenkro.
She continued that per the Act establishing the university; Sunyani Municipality will be the site for central administration for the school of natural resources and graduate school, while Nsoatre will host the school of Sciences and the school of engineering with Dormaa-Ahenkro being the host of school of the agriculture and food technology and the school of geosciences.