UPSA Inaugurates New Students’ Hostel
TheUniversity of Professional Studies,Accra(UPSA) recently inaugurated its 1,246-student capacity hostel. The hostel has facilities such as a restaurant, laundry, kitchen, a communication centre and CCTV facilities to ensure students’ security.
The Vice-Chancellor of UPSA, Professor Joshua Alabi at the inauguration ceremony said, although the University used to have a hostel within its premises, it was in a deplorable state and the University was often faced with students’ agitations over the dilapidated nature of the facility which was later demolished.
He recounted some of the challenges faced by the UPSA in its search for a suitable land for the project. He noted that the current 2.9 acre land on which the hostel is situated was leased from the University ofGhanaat a cost of $91,602 dollars, for a period of 35 years, subject to 15 years renewal and other stringentterms.
Prof. Alabi further indicated that the project was financed through a loan facility from Access Bank, but added that the University has paid off the loan in record time.
“In spite of the financial difficulties the school faced, UPSA has been able to repay the bank and can now boast of full ownership of the facility,” he said. He thanked Access Bank for their immense support to the University for the execution of the project.
Mr. Justice Nii Aryeetey, Chairman of the University Governing Council at the inauguration thanked parents, staff and students for their support over the years. He also urged students to observe high maintenance culture in the management of the facility.
“Management and staff of the hostel, as well as resident students should take good care of the facility and adhere to strict maintenance culture for the benefit of those who will come after them” he said.
Mr. Kwabena Appiah Gyimah, Head ofBusinessBanking at Access Bank said the bank was proud to be associated with the UPSA. He said they were ready to support development and bridge the current wide infrastructure deficit in theeducationsector.