The facility, built by the Bank of Ghana (BOG), has a main auditorium with a seating capacity of 1,000, multi-purpose foyer of 600 sitting capacity, eight seminar rooms, two computer laboratories, a secretariat for facility management and other auxiliary offices.
The project forms part of the BOG’s corporate social responsibility to the university.
The Vice-President Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, speaking at the ceremony, commended the BOG for building the hall, which he said, would help promote teaching and learning at the university.
According to the Vice President, the inauguration of the hall was only a first phase, and a major task ahead would require the BOG to as a matter of urgency double efforts to complete the interior decorations on time.
He indicated that the Department of Economics had been a valuable contributor to BOG’s human resource base, and urged for more assistance for the department, to improve its curriculum, in order to address serious gaps between the theoretical and academia and policy makers.
Vice-President Amissah-Arthur urged the university to ensure strict maintenance culture to complement the effort of the Bank.
The Governor BOG, Dr. Abdul-Nashiru Issahaku, said the project was an appropriate way to reward a department that has contributed to the growth and development of the country.
He commended the past governors for their efforts that would instill vision and passion in the schools and passion in the schools development through the provision of quality education and relevant courses that would empower the beneficiaries to adopt new initiatives that would benefit the country.
Dr. Abdul-Nashiru, appealed to the university to continue training students to acquire knowledge and skills need to solve problems confronting Ghana and the African Continent.
The head of the Economics Department, Professor Peter Quartey, said though the completion of the project was behind schedule, it would help explore more avenues for research work.
The delay had been a bother, but now everything possible would be done to put the facility to good use to impact society,” he added.
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Ernest Aryeetey, gave the assurance that the facility would be maintained, and urged for more collaboration between major stakeholders in the regulatory sector and policy makers, to ensure that national issues were effectively disseminated.
By Lawrence Vomefa-Akpalu