THE Methodist University College of Ghana (MUCG) is to establish a Nurses Training College (NTC) at Wenchi in the Brong Ahafo Region next year.
Consequently, the university has acquired a 32-acre property belonging to the British American Tobacco (BAT) at Wenchi to set up the Nursing College which will eventually have a medical school attached to it.
The university will also use the Wenchi Methodist Hospital as a venue for the practical training of its students.
Speaking at the handover ceremony of the property at Wenchi, the Principal of the MUCG, the Very Rev Professor S.K. Adjepong said the MUCG acquired the leaf station property from BAT from a disadvantaged position, in that, it had no money at the time but went into negotiations for the property situated on the 32-acre land.
The principal observed that the idea of establishing a Nurses Training College made the BAT officials consider their bid over others and allowed the university to pay for the property on instalment basis to enable it to serve a public cause.
Rev. Prof. Adjepong stated that if things worked according to plan, the NTC would hit the ground running, come next academic year.
He indicated that the university had drawn up a curriculum and it was with the National Accreditation Board, saying the Nurses and Midwives Council had equally been contacted.
Touching on the daunting task ahead, Rev. Prof. Adjepong said “We will develop the place in piece-meal but progressively”.
He thanked the Wenchi Traditional Council and all those who played a role in the acquisition of the property.
The Security and Environmental Health Manager of BAT, Mr Michael Bondurin handed over the keys of the property to Rev. Prof. Adjepong.
In a brief remark , Mr Bondurin pointed out that when BAT decided to fold up, a lot of offers were received but it decided to give the property to the Methodist Church for the benefit of society.
Among those who witnessed the ceremony were the Vice Principal of MUCG, Very Rev. Prof. J.N. Kudadjie, The Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture- Wenchi Campus of the MUCG, Prof. E.O Octhere and the Omanhene of Wenchi, Nana Abrefa Nketiah.