Three new universities have each received four vehicles and GH¢1.5 million from the government to cater to their basic logistical needs. The universities are the S.D Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Studies (SDD-UBIDS), C.K. Tedam University of Technology and Applied Sciences (CKT-UTAS), and the University of Environment and Sustainable Development (UESD). The four vehicles comprised a Toyota Land Cruiser, two Toyota Land Cruiser Prados, and a Toyota Hilux pickup.
Presenting the vehicles on behalf of the government on Thursday, 24th September 2020, the Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, said the vehicles provided were part of the government’s resourcing plan for the new universities. He further stated that this follows assurances he gave at the inauguration of its Governing Councils and Interim Key Officers earlier this year when the universities identified the means of transport among their most immediate needs.
Initial funding was sourced from allocations made under the GETfund to provide the most urgent logistics requirements, while provisions are made for adequate financing for its medium to long-term needs.
Dr. Prempeh emphasized that the government expects the universities to use these resources efficiently and most effectively. “We expect you to be innovative yourselves and resourceful as the universities takeoff so that you can complement the government’s efforts.”
He continued, “Most of all, we want you to focus on ensuring a smooth takeoff and keeping the university on a growth path consistent with the mandates given to you.”
Most of all, we want you to focus on ensuring a smooth takeoff and keeping the university on a growth path consistent with the mandates given to you.
Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh
Speaking on behalf of the three universities, the vice-chancellor of CK Tedam University of Technology and Applied Sciences (CKT-UTAS), Prof. Eric Wilmot, thanked the government for the gesture and assured the Minister of a sound maintenance culture for the vehicles. He further assured him that they would work with the NCTE to ensure that their institutions will become pacesetters in no time.