University Of Ghana Initiates Legon City Project To Keep Encroachers At Bay

As part of efforts to implement its 10year strategic plan to give a facelift to Ghana’s premier university, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ernest Aryeetey has signed on behalf of the University an agreement with The Consortium, an architecture, planning and consultancy firm to commence work on the new Legon City Project.

The University of Ghana has in the last decade struggled to protect lands assigned to it for present and future use from encroachers but speaking at the signing ceremony, Professor Ernest Aryeetey was confident the project will be run effectively and efficiently upon completion to ensure the University generates income and stop encroachment on its lands.

He revealed that out of the 15 firms that expressed interest in the project, the Development Committee of the University Council finally settled on The Consortium, a firm that built the Airport City in Accra.

On his part, Mr. Frank Tackie, the Director of The Consortium, said even though this was an honour and challenge, he was optimistic that with his company’s experience and expertise, they will expedite the project to the satisfaction of the University.

Summary

The University of Ghana, as part of a 10year strategic plan, will develop a "Legon City Project" that will give facelift to the nation's premier university and earn it GH300millon within five years.

The Legon City Project will ensure that the university gets as much benefit as possible from the land available to it, both for current and future purposes. In view of this, the University proposes to develop a “site and services scheme “on part of the University lands in the Okponqlo-Bawaleshie-Trinity Theological Seminary-Staff Village quadrangle to be known as Legon City".

The proposal is to create a modern mixed-use development on approximately 100 acres of university land. The objectives include:

1. Generate a sizeable endowment for the University that will sustain it for many Years to come.

2. Provide modern academic facilities in partnership with the private sector.

3. Complement the development of modern business space for Accra with a more congenial environment, thereby contributing to the beautification of the capital city.

4. Halt the undesirable encroachment on University lands from various quarters.

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