The main campus of the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) is grappling with significant challenges as the road networks in and around the campus remain underdeveloped, rendering them practically unusable.
Established over a decade ago, the university has yet to witness the necessary road infrastructure development.
A major bypass, serving as the primary access route to the University and connecting to the Ho to Aflao Highway, is in a state of disarray.
Construction on the bypass, which was initiated with a sod-cutting ceremony by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo a few years ago, has been halted for approximately two years.
This interruption has created hardships for commuters, especially those relying on small cars and passenger tricycles, the primary modes of transportation in the municipality.
The challenging commute was particularly evident during the eighth congregation of the University, where attendees faced difficulties navigating the dusty and incomplete roads.
Professor Lydia Aziato, the Vice Chancellor, addressed the project delay in her report during the ceremony, highlighting the need for the swift completion of the bypass.
Despite the ongoing challenges, the Vice Chancellor used the occasion to draw attention to another longstanding project the University's laboratory complex, which has been in progress for close to a decade.
The incomplete projects not only impact the physical accessibility of the campus but also pose security concerns, with criminal attacks being recorded in and around the underdeveloped areas.
The graduation ceremony spread over two sessions, saw a total of 1,338 students receiving their degrees, with the School of Public Health leading with 636 graduates.
The Vice-Chancellor listed various infrastructural projects at different stages of completion, noting that the second phase of development of the main campus was at 80% completion.
In response to security concerns, efforts have been made to engage public support for the installation of streetlights and other security structures.
Despite the challenges, the 11-year-old University enrolled a total of 8,490 students for the 2022/2023 academic year across its seven schools, offering various undergraduate and postgraduate programs.
The call for expedited completion of essential infrastructure projects remains a focal point for the University's development.