The Deputy Minister for Education in charge of Tertiary Education, Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, yesterday, undertook an inspection tour of work of the Office Complex building project of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences (GAAS).
Hon. Ablakwa expressed satisfaction with the progress and quality of work on the project.
He said it was the responsibility of government to facilitate the work of GAAS by providing the Academy with a congenial working environment for the promotion of knowledge.
The President of GAAS, Prof. Francis Kofi Allottey, who took the Deputy Minister round the project site, said the project was 80 per cent complete.
According to Prof. Allottey, the Auditorium of the project would be ready by the end of January 2015, while the five-storey secretariat would be completed by the end of March 2015.
He said the size of the project portrayed the status of GAAS as the premier Academy of Arts and Sciences in Africa.
Work on the GAAS Office Complex, funded by the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) at an initial cost of the GHC11.5 million, began on October 2, 2012, when President John Dramani Mahama performed the ground-breaking ceremony.
The project was scheduled for completion in December, this year, but the deadline could not be met as a result of shortage of funds resulting from the escalation of the prices of building materials.
Source: ISD (G.D. Zaney)