Source: Ben LARYEA
Ghana Communication Technology University (GCTU) has commissioned its state of the art 5-a-side artificial turf football complex at a grand ceremony at the Tesano campus in Accra.
Speaking to a cross section of the media shortly after the official opening of the complex, the Vice Chancellor of GCTU, Prof. Emmanuel Ohene Afoakwa said the infrastructure comprises of the first phase of sports projects and explained that the second phase will consist of facilities like basketball pitch, volleyball, hockey, table and long tennis courts, among others.
According to him, the University authorities in collaboration with student Representative Council (SRC) are working fervently to roll out the facilities in the next two years and pointed out that “these are projects which management have prioritized to satisfy the passion for games of students.
“The completion of the said facility will enable GCTU to engage other tertiary institutions to participate in games on campus as part of the drive to enhance sports fraternity among institutions of higher learning”, he said.
“Students needs in the area of sports is paramount and of primary importance to the University,” Prof. Ohene Afoakwa said and pointed however that the project is also geared towards releasing stress on students after engaging in their learning and research activities and however urged students to take advantage of the facility.
Turning the spotlight on Information Communication Technology (ICT), he said the University have put in place pragmatic measures and facilities to make the University a center of excellence in digital learning in the West Africa sub-region.
According to him, the University’s core value is to embark on ICT which has impacted greatly on its administration as well as teaching and learning of the entire academic value chain of management, staff and students and have lifted the image of the institution a step ahead of its competitors.
Prof. Ohene Afoakwa hinted that the University will construct high rise buildings to accommodate the sharp increase in enrolment and interestingly said “campus will look like Las Vegas in the USA”.
The Vice Chancellor called on government to support its infrastructure projects currently ongoing on campus and mentioned Access bank as a lead player in the construction of hostels for students of the university and urged other corporate bodies and alumni to follow suit.
The Dean of Students Affairs, Dr. Michael Owusu Akomeah in a remark said the sports complex forms part of the vision of the university in the sports arena and enhance sports development.
He however commended the management, staff and the Student Representative Council (SRC) for the collective effort in making the sports complex a reality and assured that the facility will be used for the intended purpose and urged all to invest in the upcoming sports projects of the University.
For his part, the SRC President, Mr. Prince Owiredu Asabere thanked all stakeholders for their commitment towards the completion of the facility and urged students to exhibit maintenance culture for the lifelong of the sports complex.
In another development, the occasion was used to launch GCTU online campus radio station for the listening of the staff, students and the general public at large.