The Regional Maritime University (RMU) during its 18th Board of Governors Meeting held on the 9th of June, 2017 commissioned its 48-Bedroom Gambia Hostel financed by the Republic of the Gambia, a Member State.
The Gambia Hostel was constructed at an estimated cost of US$400,000.00 (Four Hundred Thousand US Dollars) and the Commissioning was done by the RMU Chancellor and Minister of Transport, Hon. Kwaku Ofori Asiamah. Present were Ministers and Maritime Officials from all Member States of RMU and dignitaries from the maritime and ancillary industries, staff and students of RMU. The Hon. Minister pledged the Government of Ghana’s commitment to developing RMU into a world-class University. The RMU, he said, has witnessed significant progress in projects such as The Gambia Hostel, the Administration and Library Complex, the latter projects sponsored by the Government of Ghana through the GETFund. The Hon. Minister said it will be difficult for the University to achieve its goals without the needed investment, especially, in the area of infrastructure. He assured the Management of RMU that the Government of Ghana was ready to address all the developmental issues obstructing its growth. As part of the commitment to help improve the status of the University, he said, the Ghana Government had paid GHC800,000.00 to RMU as part payment of arrears owed to the school. The Hon. Minister pledged his commitment to assist Management address the issue of land encroachment.
In a speech delivered on his behalf, the Gambian Minister of Transport, Works and Infrastructure, Hon. Bai Lamin Jobe, said his government was ready to support the infrastructure development of the University. Consequently, the Gambia Hostel was built to assist in reducing the accommodation challenges of students at the University. He encouraged Member States to emulate this laudable example of the Government and people of The Gambia.
The Commissioner of the Liberia Maritime Authority, Hon. Dr. James Kollie, said his Government placed priority on the maritime sector and therefore was prepared to assist RMU to attain its developmental goals. According to him, a lot more could be achieved if adequate resources were made available to the Management of the University to undertake needed projects. He then called on all Member Countries to remain united in their effort to enhance the maritime industry on the continent.
The Sierra Leonean Minister of Transport and Aviation, Hon. Leonard Balogun Koroma, repeated the call to all the member countries to focus their attention on helping Management achieve its goals. He said without this commitment, the Institution would experience difficulty in competing globally.
Information Date: 16/06/17
Information Source: Marketing Unit, Regional Maritime University, Accra