GIMPA alumni to build $10m hostel for school

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A 600-BED capacity students’ hostel facility is to be constructed at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) in Accra, by the GIMPA Alumni Association.

Work on the $10 million project is scheduled to start in February 2017, and will be completed after two years. The President of the GIMPA Alumni Association, Mr Norman Yemetey Tetteh, made this known on Thursday, when he launched the GIMPA Alumni homecoming celebration.

A year-long activities have been outlined for the homecoming celebration on the theme: “Keeping Greenhill Alive.”

Mr Tetteh said the alumni association was entering into a private partnership to put up the facility, and indicated that the alumni had completed the financial arrangement with the partners.

Accommodation challenges

He indicated that the alumni association had realised that GIMPA lacked hostel facilities and added that the institution had a few hostels, which housed a few people for a short stay to write exams.

He said many students of GIMPA outside Accra faced challenges of finding suitable hostels around the institute and, therefore, the decision to construct the hostel facility was to address the challenges that students of the institute faced.

Mr Tetteh said authorities of GIMPA had given their blessing to the project, and indicated that the hostel facility would be run in partnership with GIMPA management.

Other activities Mr Tetteh said the alumni association would proceed to the Akropong School for the Blind, after the launch of the homecoming celebration, to donate food items, non-alcoholic beverages and toiletries worth GH¢4,000 to the school.

He mentioned ‘a happy hour’ where alumni and students would interact, a congress, a health walk, a candle light procession, a blind date for old students to meet their friends, business meetings, fun games and a fundraising dinner dance and awards ceremony, as some of the activities lined up for the year-long celebration.

The Vice-President of the GIMPA Alumni Association, Mr Kwaku Sakyi-Danso, said since coming to office a year ago, the executive members of the association had revived the association and established strong contacts with the school authorities.

Source: GraphicOnline