The Vice President, Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, has commissioned the “Amissah Arthur language centre” at the University of Cape Coast.
The centre will serve the language departments within the faculty of Arts of the school to improve the study of languages and produce language experts in the country. Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Amissah-Arthur said the facility will go a long way to improve language literacy in the country.
He called on authorities of the school to ensure proper maintenance culture to guarantee the long existence of the centre. “While we do this, we also ask the university to help develop a culture that is non-existent in a large measure in our country, a culture of maintenance.
I hope that once this thing is done, new and fresh, we will continue to keep it fresh, freshen it as we go along: both the building and the equipment so that the life will be prolonged and many more people will benefit from it,” he said.
The language centre project which started in 2003 as a GetFund project, was halted due to the lack of funds, but was taken over and completed by a collaboration between the Bank of Ghana under the then leadership of Kwesi Amissah Arthur as governor, and the University of Cape Coast in 2011.
The new centre is expected to house the Department of Communication Studies, Department of English, Department of Ghanaian and Linguistics and the Department of French.
It holds two conference rooms, a lecture theater, one large auditorium, six language laboratories, a number of offices and a restaurant. Dignitaries present at the event included, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast, Prof. D. D. Kuupole, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Nana Sam Brew-Butler, the provost of the college of humanities and legal studies, Prof. Dora Adu Buandoh as well as some senior members from the Bank of Ghana.
Others included the Central Regional Minister, Hon. Kweku Ricketts-Hagan and the head of the Department of Communication Studies, Dr. Eric Opoku Mensah.