ACCRA, China, on Friday, pledged its support to help Ghana expand the University of Health and Allied Sciences, located at Ho, 180 km northeast of the capital, Accra.
At a brief ceremony, Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, Wang Shiting and Ghana's Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, signed a formal note on behalf of their respective country for the grant support.
Wang said, the signing of the document was an indication that "the Chinese government will support the construction of the second phase of the project, for the University of Health and Allied Sciences."
"This is a gift from the Chinese government and its people, to the Ghanaian government and its people. It is also a milestone in friendship between our two countries," he said.
The first phase of the project, covering a land area of 10,386 square metres, was also funded by the Chinese government. The project, which was handed over to the government of Ghana in Sept, 2015, consisted of equipment for the school of basic and biomedical science, lecture halls, libraries, student housing facilities and senior staff residential area.
The second phase, to be situated on a land area of 29,200 square metres, will include a new administration building, College of Nursing and Midwifery, duty and equipment room, and other supporting facilities.
"We have reason to believe that after the project is completed the University of Health and Allied Sciences will become one of the most beautiful and modern universities in Ghana," Wang said.
The diplomat assured the Ghanaian government that cooperation between the two countries in the area of education would not end with this project, since China stands ready to share its experience with Ghana, as education is the key to any country's development.
On his part, Ofori-Atta lauded the Chinese government for surpassing the amount agreed upon for the project. "China has been one of Ghana's allies, supporting the government of Ghana to promote sustainable growth and reduce poverty," the minister said.
Source: NAM News Network