The Vice-Chancellor of the University for Development Studies (UDS), Prof. Gabriel Ayum Teye, on Thursday, 3rd November 2020, cut the sod for the construction of a three-storey office complex for the West African Centre for Water, Irrigation and Sustainable Agriculture (WACWISA), at the Nyankpala campus of the University. The project is funded by the World Bank and the Government of Ghana (WB/GoG), under the African Centres of Excellence Impact (ACE Impact) initiative. The construction which is expected to be delivered in sixteen (16) months is being executed by a Ghanaian construction firm, Larata Company Ltd. When completed the facility will house the offices, laboratories, lecture halls, library, meeting and a conference room. The use of the building is expected to contribute to delivery of excellence in academic and research, specifically delivery of quality education in the area of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, Water Resources Management, Climate Change, Sustainable Agriculture and Food and Nutrition Security.
At a short ceremony to handover the site to the contractor at the Nyankpala campus of UDS, the Vice-Chancellor praised the Government of Ghana for supporting UDS to benefit from such a project. He said hosting a Centre of Excellence is a huge approval of UDS as a unique university of choice for learning and research. He encouraged the contractor to ensure high quality standards in executing the project, befitting a Centre of Excellence.
The West African Centre for Water, Irrigation and Sustainable Agriculture (WACWISA) was established in 2019 by the University for Development Studies (UDS) as a semi-autonomous Centre of Excellence to undertake cutting-edge research and training in Irrigation and Drainage, Water Resources Management, Sustainable Agriculture, Climate Change and Food and Nutrition Security. WACWISA vision is to be a leading world-class Academic and Research Centre specialized in Irrigation, Water Resources, Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change, with the aim of developing skills and knowledge of young men and women to provide practical and sustainable solutions to challenges of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, Water Resources, Climate Change, Sustainable Agriculture and Food and Nutrition Security in Africa.
Present at the sod cutting ceremony were:
♦ Prof. Gabriel Ayum Teye – Vice Chancellor of UDS
♦ Prof. Felix K. Abagale – Pro Vice Chancellor of UDS and Director of WACWISA
♦ Ing. Samuel Abiko – Director, Works and Physical Development (WPD) of UDS
♦ Prof. Samuel Donkor – Dean of School of Applied Economics and Management Sciences, Nyankpala Campus, Representing the Principal of UDS Nyankpala Campus
♦ Dr. Iddrisu Tanko – Deputy Registrar and Campus Officer of UDS Nyankpala Campus
♦ Dr. Sylvester Ayambila- Lecturer at UDS and Research Coordinator at WACWISA
♦ Mr. Bernard Alando-Assistant Registrar at UDS and Administrative Coordinator of WACWISA
♦ Mr. Tony Akpene Klu-Communications Officer at WACWISA
♦ Ing. Kwame Debrah – Civil Engineer, WPD of UDS
♦ Surv. Maurice Awuni – Quantity Surveyor, WPD of UDS
♦ Surv. Sampson Nyamalor – Estate Directorate of UDS
♦ Arc. Jawhari Baba Duah – Architect, WPD of UDS
♦ Mr. Charles Husunukpe – Assistant Architect, WPD of UDS
♦ Mr. Abdul Fatawu Abdulai Tech. Quantity Surveyor, WPD of UDS
♦ Mr. Joseph Aneam- Clerk of Work, WPD of UDS
♦ Mr. Kadiri Suglo – Managing Director, Larata Ltd
♦ Mr. John Borodam- Site Engineer, Larata Ltd
♦ Mr. Abdulai Habib – Site Foreman, Larata Ltd