The Ghana National Gas Company (GNGC) is injecting an initial amount of GH¢2 million into the Centre of Excellence in E-Vehicle and Industrial Welding Technologies project underway at the Sunyani Technical University (STU).
The GH¢10 million project seeks to build capacity for the university in its niche area of Electrical and Electronics Engineering for the production of E-vehicles and E-batteries from local materials and technologies.
When completed, the centre would offer the opportunity for training and research in electric vehicle manufacturing to enable Ghana to join the global transition from the use of fossil fuel vehicles to clean energy usage in vehicular operations in the country.
The Vice-Chancellor of STU, Prof. Kwadwo Adinkrah-Appiah, in an exclusive interview with the Ghanaian Times in Sunyani, said the construction of the first phase of the project was expected to start this month, as the contractor would soon commence work.
He explained that the first phase of the project involved the construction of the physical structures to house equipment and machinery, while the second phase would encompass the furnishing of the building with the equipment and machinery meant for the project.
Prof. Adinkrah-Appiah paid glowing tribute to the GNGC for its swift and timely intervention, which had ensured that the project became a reality in due course.
He was optimistic that Ghana Gas and other corporate organisations would support the university to mobilise the remaining GH¢8 million, which was the estimated cost of the state-of-the-art equipment to be installed at the centre upon the completion of phase 1 of the project.
Touching on how STU fared last year, the Vice-Chancellor described the year 2022 as “quite monumental in the history of STU.”
“We successfully celebrated our 55th anniversary with a launch of an endowment fund to raise funds for the implementation of the 40-year master plan for the university.
We equally chalked several successes in many areas of the university’s development including the re-construction of one of the main entrances of the institution, the painting of all physical structures on campus, renovation of student hostel facilities, the introduction of more 4-year degree programmes and Master’s degree programmes, and forming of more international collaborations etc,” he stated.
“We’ll continue to build upon these foundations in order to achieve the university’s vision of becoming the university of choice in Ghana and Africa for raising the next generation of industry captains for national, regional and global transformation,” he said.to stand next has from on of the document long-Billy ex-related been being crimes Advocate
FROM DANIEL DZIRASAH, SUNYANI