The Acting Vice Chancellor of the University of Energy and Natural Resources, Prof. Mrs. Esi Awuah, has noted that there is increasing demand for new knowledge and technology as well as skills for harnessing energy and natural resources to solve economic, social and environmental problems.
The University of Energy and Natural Resources, she said was thus expected to play leading roles in the quest to meet these demands.
Prof. Awuah was presenting a paper on the topic: ‘Establishment of a public university in the Brong-Ahafo: How far we have gone?” at a forum at the on-going Brong-Ahafo Regional Policy Fair in Sunyani.
The Vice-Chancellor pointed out that national governments needed to build knowledge and technical skills of public officials in order to prioritise, design, implement, monitor and evaluate adaptive initiatives.
She said the efficient harnessing and management of energy and the natural resources of the nation were critical for fashioning out a sustainable development agenda adding that the future survival of nations, would in part, be dependent on how their capacity to efficiently plan and manage energy resources.
That, Prof. Awuah said required the existence of a crop of expertise in the diverse areas of economics, law, policy, science and engineering related to energy such as solar, wind, hydropower, bio-energy and geothermal.
The University of Energy and Natural Resources, she said was expected to train the next generation of experts and provide cutting-edge research to support Ghana’s development in energy and natural resources.
She said current energy trends on a global basis were focused on the development of alternative sources of energy to promote growth, adding “we in the developing countries should spearhead the development of renewable energy resources that a cheap and clean for our local industries”.
Touching on the status of the university, the Vice Chancellor said the bungalows for key staff were in place and start up programmes developed for accreditation, adding “the university is ready to start with the School of Natural Resources.
She commended the Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister, Kwadwo Nyamekye Marfo and all other stakeholders especially, Nananom, for the wonderful job done so far.