There are smiles on the faces of staff and students of the University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho when news reached them that the University was in talks with the revamped State Housing Company to provide accommodation facilities for them.
Although there is no official communication to the effect that UHAS was partnering SHC to provide accommodation facilities for students and Staff, rumors started spreading when MD of SHC Kwabena Ampofo Appiah led a team to meet the Vice Chancellor Professor John Owusu Gyapong.
What appeared to give credence to the rumors was that the Vice Chancellor’s team was made of Director of Works, Surveyors, Architects, etc. Both teams could be seen admiring the master plan of the University, a source said. “We have read about SHC partnering some State institutions to provide housing so we were overjoyed to have seen the SHC team arrive. We encourage them to keep on doing the good job”, some students told Starrfmonline.com.
UHAS was established by an Act of Parliament (ACT 828 of December 2011) as a public University in Ghana. The main campus including the central administration is in Ho. A second campus is located in Hohoe all in the Volta Region. The University now has over 3,000 students but unfortunately, the administration has been grappling with accommodation issues for both students and staff.
Ho has a vibrant Polytechnic but the town does not have enough hostel facilities for the students and so the news has come as a breather for the UHAS students, especially.
The latest partnership when confirmed, would add to earlier agreements the new SHC administration has entered into with some State institutions such as the Ghana Immigration Service and the Ghana Health Service.
In the MOU with the GIS, State Housing was to provide 1,000 housing units to the officers of GIS as well as the construction of state-of-the-art regional offices in all the 10 regions of the country.
In a reaction, Gordon Asare-Bediako, the Media Relations Officer of SHC said although there had been some discussions with the University it was too early to put it in the public domain.
“Yes we were there for a discussion but at the appropriate time, the media would be made aware of the full details,” Asare-Bediako opined.