Ghana’s Parliament, in October 2016, ratified an agreement between the Government of Ghana and the Deutsche Bank for a 38-million Euro loan for the construction of the University of Environment and Sustainable Development (Simply known as Somanya University), with a satellite university to be constructed in Donkorkrom.
The Somanya Campus of the university will host the School of Natural and
Environmental Sciences, the School of Agric and Agro Entrepreneurship Development, a multi-purpose hall, lecture halls, administrative offices, the vice-chancellor’s residence, the pro vice-chancellor’s residence, residences for key officers and a students’ hostel
Consequently, In December 2016, the former President, John Dramani Mahama cut the sod for the construction of the University.
But work on the University has delayed upon the inception of the Akuffo-Addo led government several months into office. This has led many people to doubt the commitment of the government to construct the university.
A visit to the 521-hectare Site earnmarked for the construction of the University Thursday afternoon by Kloma Hengme, the Krobo Advocacy and Heritage association, indicate that work has now started on the construction of the University and is progressing steadily.
As at Thursday afternoon, construction of yards where machines, tools, equipments and materials will be kept are ongoing.
Also grading works and construction of in-roads within the site are ongoing all over the 521-hectare site to kick start the real construction work. Some of the workers are also seen doing markings on the land to dig foundations.
Kloma Hengme has been informed that actual work will resume in two weeks time since the expatriate engineers had already arrived in the country to work alongside local architects.
Kloma Hengme has been informed that the work force that will construct the university will be composed of 10 % expatriates and 90% from communities in the Krobo area and its immediate environs. The project which was originally billed to be completed in 24 months, we were informed, will now be expected to be completed in 18 months.
Construzioni Italia, the contractor that will construct the university project has executed a number of projects in the country, including the Air Force Hangar in Accra and the ongoing construction of the Kumasi Central Market.
Source: Kloma Hengme