Asantehene commissions hostel at KNUST.

Asantehene commissions hostel at KNUST.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene has commissioned the first phase of a GHC 3 million hostel which was financed through the contributions of the Students Representive Council (SRC) of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).
The 700- bed facility is expected to help solve the accommodation problems facing students at the university.
The project which has been named after Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene, started in 1999 and is the brain-child of the then Vice-Chancellor, Prof. J.S.K Ayim and the then president of the SRC, Mr. Andy Osei-Okrah with support from the architect/consultant, Mr. Ben Odame and the president of Friends of Rivers and Water Bodies, an NGO, Nana Dwomoh Sarpong.
Students were levied, while other contributions came from some individuals and organisations to finance the project.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu who is the Chancellor of KNUST expressed worry over the way occultism practice is creeping into students’ life at campuses of the university in Kumasi.
“I’m aware of what is going on here” he said and consequently challenged the university authorities to devise strategies to fight the canker.
The Asantehene advised the students of the university to avoid acts that could ruin their future and rather concentrate on their studies to enable them to become useful citizens in future.
He told them again that they should do away with unnecessary politicking on campus, while emphasising the accommodation challenges facing the university, in spite of the efforts by the government, the university management and other organisations to address them.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu gave an assurance that efforts would be made to minimize the situation.
He commended all persons who played various roles in the completion of the first phase of the project.
Responding to Asantehene’s concerns, Prof. W. O. Ellis, Vice- Chancellor of KNUST said his administration would not spare any student who fell foul of universitys’ rules and regulations.
“If you have to be sacked or rusticated for any offence, it will be carried out without hesitation”, he warned.
The Vice – Chancellor noted that with the current student population of 32,198 and staff strength of 3,000, facilities on campus were over stretched.
Prof. Ellis said the successful story of the project was a testimony to the inherent benefits of teamwork and on that score he congratulated the initiators of the project and every individual and group that played a role in its completion.
Later Otumfuo Osei Tutu spent over two hours to inspect a number of projects under construction on campus.
The project included conference rooms, extension works at the university hospital, Lecture Halls and offices of a five story, School of Engineering and Business School Lecture theatre.

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