A GH¢15million ultra- modern building complex for the Centre for Continuing Education (CCE) of the University of Cape Coast (UCC) was on Tuesday commissioned by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang.
The five-storey structure, which was completed within two and half years, was funded with monies accruing from the UCC’s Internally Generated Funds (IGF).
It has over thirty lecture theatres, conference rooms, with between 180 to 300 seating capacity and offices and warehouses.
Other facilities include e-learning centres, fully furnished with computers, which will soon begin an online programme to be expanded to other parts of Africa.
The Director of the CCE, Mr. Albert Kobina Koomson, who assisted Prof.Opoku-Agyemang to commission the building, said the Centre currently has over 35,000 students pursuing 14 different courses.
He said 42 percent of them were females and raised concern about the challenges some women go through in pursuing higher education, including threats of divorce from their husbands.
He described such threats as “inacceptable” and advised the men whose wives were studying “to be patient with them and give them the necessary encouragement and support for them to achieve their dreams.”
He said the CCE currently has 48 study centres in all Regional capitals across the country, making quality education accessible to all.
The Vice-Chancellor also cut the sod for the commencement of work on a GH¢19.5million three block of flats near the UCC’s Farms, which will house 24 lecturers with their families.
The flats would be completed within a year and its estimated at GH¢650,000.00 each,to be funded from the IGF.
Prof. Opoku-Agyemang said the encroachment of UCC lands was a major concern to the University and urged that efforts be made to secure the property.
She said the University had reduced its rented premises from 53 houses to 26 and was happy with the construction of the residential flats, which will help solve its staff accommodation problem.
She was grateful to the CCE for providing funding and always supporting the UCC in diverse ways and urged other faculties to support the less endowed ones.
A sod was also cut for the construction of a GH¢419,000.00 kitchen and restaurant facility for the University with funds from the IGF of the University’s Central Administration.
Prof. Opoku-Agyemang said the project was very important because the current kitchen being used was very small.
She said the facility is expected to be completed within six months and will be spacious enough for events at the University and the entire Cape Coast township.