Governing Council Members for the University of Energy and Natural Resources(UENR) have paid a working visit to the Dormaa Campus of the University.
The visit was to familiarize themselves with the operations of the Dormaa campus and to interact with staff as well as deliberate on matters towards the development of the campus.
The Dean of the School of Agriculture and Technology(SOAT), Dr. Charles Adarkwa welcoming the members, said the campus has developed progressively since its commencement with a student population of 52 to the current population of 738 in various undergraduate and post graduate programmes in Agriculture, Planning, Geosciences and Climate Change. He mentioned inadequate infrastructure to cater for academic and administrative activities, inadequate Junior and Senior staff, IT services, power outage, unavailability of a bus, farm machinery and equipment as some of the challenges faced by the campus.
Dr. Adarkwa said despite major constraints, the campus has made some achievement as the School of Agriculture and Technology in collaboration with Alexander Von Humbold group Research in Germany has approved the construction of an entomology research Laboratory to facilitate the activities of exploration in the agricultural sector. He added that the School has also received seed grant from Otago Global Health Institute to assess the efficacy of traditional lactic fermented milk product as natural probiotic to promote recovery from diarrhea in children.
He again stated that the School of Agriculture and Technology manually cultivated 20 acres of maize to support Government policy of planting for food and jobs, 5 acres each of cabbage, green pepper, carrot and cassava. According to Dr. Adarkwa the School has also constructed two poultry pens and raised 1000 broilers which were sold out to the University Community and the general public that contributed to food and nutrition security in the country. Dr. Adarkwa announced that plans were far advanced for the production of small ruminant and non-traditional agricultural venture including beekeeping, snail production and mushrooms culture.
The Director of Works Ing. Christian Yeboah-Nuako took the members round to inspect a four (4) storey classroom block, ICT and Auditorium, four (4) storey Library, Laboratory block and administrative offices that were under construction. He was optimistic that the projects would be completed by the next academic year to help cater for the increasing number of students at the campus.
The Chairman of the University Council, Prof. A. K. Tuah said he was impressed with the efforts of management to upgrade the standard of the Dormaa campus despite the meagre resources available to them. He was confident that the projects would be completed on time to meet the needs of the campus.