Abetifi, April 6, GNA - The Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) has presented a 58-seater TATA bus and a four wheel Totoya pick-up all worth 710 million cedis to the Presbyterian University College (PUC), Abetifi Campus to solve the transportation problems facing the University at Abetifi.
The presentation of the vehicles was to fulfil a promise made by the President, Mr John Agyekum Kufuor at the official opening of the University in March last year.
Presenting the vehicles, the Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, Mr Yaw Osafo-Marfo said the government would assist the nine private universities in the country to absolve the large number of students, who could not gain admission to the public universities as part of the country's human resource development programme.
He said the government would award scholarship to lecturers in the private universities for further studies to upgrade their knowledge and would use research findings from those universities to enhance the country's development.
Mr Osafo-Marfo commended Churches and other religious organizations for establishing tertiary institutions to supplement government's efforts in the training of the manpower needs of the country. He urged the churches to ensure discipline at the universities to reduce the high rate of moral degradation and corruption in the society.
Mr Osafo-Marfo advised the students to concentrate on their studies for them to come out successfully in their final examination. The Administrator of the GETFund, Mr Fosuaba Mensah Banahene who presented the keys of the vehicles to the Principal of PUC said the GETFund would present similar vehicles to the eight other private universities in the country and advised the University Authorities to take good care of the vehicles.
The Principal of the University, Professor Kofi Sraku Lartey thanked the President and the GETFund for the donation and promised to put them to good use.
He said the University started with two programmes, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Business Administration to meet the present manpower requirement of the country.
Professor Lartey said the Church decided to site all the three campuses of the college in the rural areas to extend its services to the people in those environment to help improve the living standard of the people in the rural areas.
He appealed for assistance to improve infrastructure, transportation, accommodation and provision of reliable utility services for both staff and students of the University.