Construction of the Commonwealth Hall Annex project at the University of Ghana is set to commence following a ground breaking ceremony performed by the Old Vandals Association, Alumni of the Commonwealth Hall of the university to mark the beginning of the project.
Speaking during the ground breaking ceremony, Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, the Vice-Chancellor of UG, said the project marked a critical step in the University’s effort to expand student accommodation on campus, and add unto their infrastructural stock.
“This project comes at a time that the Junior Common Room of Commonwealth Hall has petitioned the high office of the Republic of Ghana to address the accommodation crises on campus. On this score, I am sure the junior members of Commonwealth Hall are happy to witness this event and will revise their notes especially with respect to their expectations from management,” said Professor Ebenezer.
The US $42m development will involve construction of a fully-furnished 4,660-bed capacity, comprising 302 one-bed block, 552 two-bed block, 3,806 four-bed block, 32 two-bedroom lecture flats, 8,000 capacity auditorium and a shopping mall.
The project also include refurbishment of lavatories and water system of the main hall. The development is expected to be ready by the commencement of the 2021-2022 academic year.
Professor Oduro Owusu indicated that the University of Ghana’s Land Lease Committee was in negotiation with private bodies to expand housing options on campus, adding that an approval has also been given for hostel development negotiation with a couple of other companies on a further 2 acres of UG land.
Moreover, the Student Representative Council of the University also initiated a process of embarking on a 2500-bed capacity hostel project to help reduce the accommodation deficit on campus.