Akufo-Addo Commissions Engineering Workshops At Cape Coast Technical University

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, as part of his two-day working visit to the Central Region, commissioned the engineering laboratories and workshops at the Cape Coast Technical University on Monday, October 18.

The engineering workshops and laboratories consist of an automotive section and a mechanical engineering section divided into a welding unit and a fabrication unit, a civil engineering section, and an electrical and electronic section.

The project formed part of the government’s effort in upgrading facilities in several Technical Universities and Technical Institutes by constructing workshops and installing the equipment for the use of these institutions.

This comes at the background of the March 2018 approval of a concessional loan agreement between the government of Ghana and the Export-Import (EXIM) Bank of China for an amount of US$119 million.

The loan facility was to finance the rehabilitation and upgrading of equipment in polytechnics and technical institutes.

Subsequently, Parliament in July 2018 approved the supplementary contract agreement, as well as the commercial contract between the government of Ghana and AVIC International Holding Corporation of China for the implementation of the project.

The Ghana-China project on upgrading and rehabilitation of Technical Universities/Polytechnics and Technical Institutes will include two polytechnics, eight technical universities, and 13 technical institutes with the construction of workshops, offices and laboratories.

The project is designed to support the government’s efforts to develop human capital and resolve the critical development challenge of the low quality of skills produced by the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector in the country.

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The president also took the opportunity to inspect ongoing work on constructing the 31.2-kilometre Assin Praso-Assin Fosu Road, which was part of the project for the rehabilitation of the National Trunk Road.

The government of Japan grant-funded project, estimated at $50 million, involves the rehabilitation of the 31.2km road between Assin Fosu and Assin Praso and the dualisation into a 4-lane carriageway of a 1.2km Assin Fosu township roads.

The reconstruction of the railway underpass bridge and drainage structures between Assin Fosu and Assin Praso also formed part of the project.

The road, expected to be completed in November 2023, is to enhance the social-economic lives of the people in the Assin area, facilitate the movement of goods to and from the Takoradi Port, ensure easy access to markets and services, guarantee reductions in road accidents and road user costs, and improve travel time.

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