The University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), has seen a boost with a hostel facility with a 1,664-bed capacity to provide accommodation for students at the institution.
The facility, fully funded by the school’s Internally Generated Fund (IGF), was commissioned by the Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Adutwum on Tuesday, 14th March 2023.
The 10-storey building is expected to house the growing numbers of University entrants as a result of government’s flashy policy, Free Senior High School.
The introduction of the policy has undoubtedly increased university enrolment above imagination as schools put in measures to avoid overcrowding and denial of entry due to accommodation problems.
However, the University of Professional Studies Accra constructed the edifice to help give an affordable and convenient accommodation for students.
The hostel was named after an eminent designer of Ghana’s Coat of Arms, the late Nii Amon Kotei.
The building is furnished with ultra-modern facilities like study rooms, Junior Common Rooms (JCR), a recreational area, a laundry area, a TV room, CCTV cameras, an elevator, Automated Teller Machine (ATM), and many others.
Speaking at the commissioning, the Vice Chancellor of UPSA, Prof. Abednego Feehi Okoe Amartey, explained that the rational behind choosing to name the facility after Nii Amon Kotei was to honour his immense contribution to the country.
Hence, he noted, the naming symbolises the life journey of Mr. Amon Kotei who worked with the Cartographical Division of the Army Gold Coast Printing Office.
“When it came to considering a name for this hostel, no other person’s life journey best fits what this hostel symbolise than Amon Kotei…We are proud to honour him today with the naming of this hostel,” the vice chancellor noted.
The Education Minister, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, on his part, commended the Management of the University for helping reduce the infrastructure deficit in the educational sector.
He said, even though the government was doing its part by investing heavily in the education sector, it also relies on institutions such as UPSA and the private sector to partner with it in that regard.
“It is evident that this institution has been consistent in the expansion and continuous improvement in the provision of teaching and learning and accommodation facilities to give students a memorable experience while at UPSA.
I am of the hope that this facility will be given the proper management and maintenance to ensure its longevity for future students to benefit from,” the minister added.