The People of Afram Plains need their University – Mbeebi

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A National Democratic Congress (NDC) Youth Organizer hopeful for the Afram Plains South Constituency, Emmanuel Mbeebi, has appealed to the Nana Akufo-Addo government to do the people of Afram Plains the honour by relocating the University of Environment and Sustainable Development to its original place at Donkorkrom to boost the socio-economic activities of the area.

The Youth Organizer hopeful who was addressing some delegates and party supporters in the constituency last Sunday said

“Afram Plains is gradually becoming a neglected place and have been left to it’s fate after lacking many social interventions which are all birthrights of the people of Afram Plains”.

According to him, “education in the area has been a big challenge where most school children walk many kilometers before attending school everyday. Afram Plains which covers about one-third of the Eastern Region in terms of land size can boast of only one hospital which has also been left to it’s fate lacking so many facilities meeting the standard of a hospital that serves over 120,000 people in the area.

“It is sad to be in Afram Plains, today public officers are refusing to serve their motherland from Afram Plains, even National Service Personnels find it difficult to do their service in any of our two Districts, Afram Plains North and South because they feel it’s a punishment to bring them to these remote area to work,” he stated.

He appealed to the government to prioritize and address the concerns of the people of the area by bringing back the University for Environment and Sustainable Development campus allocated to the area by the erstwhile John Mahama administration. He believes this will help solve most social intervention problems facing the area.

According to the Youth Organiser hopeful, “bringing back the campus will help reduce the cost of burdens we are facing in this area, increase our human resource, there will be improvement in the socio-economic activities of the area where a lot of investors will come to invest, creating employments for the youth since most of our youth now seek greener pastures outside their communities due to the lack of employment in the area.

He observed that with the presence of the University the major road network in the area which is the highway from Ekye Amanfrom to Agodeke and Amankwa Tonu which have developed ‘manholes’ but have not received any attention from the central government would be attended to.

“I believe when the University is brought back to Afram Plains our manhole highways will be attended to, our bridge on the Afram river from Adawso to Ekye Amanfrom will be constructed to make transportation easier, affordable and stress free for the people of the area and our hospital will also see some improvement in its equipment among other things.

It could be recalled that in 2015 the Parliament of Ghana passed an Act for the establishment of the Eastern Regional University of Environment and Sustainable Development with the main campus at Somanya and a satellite campus in Afram Plains Donkorkrom.

It was later alleged that the NPP government after winning the 2016 elections relocated the satellite compus from Donkorkrom to Bunsu in the Fantiakwa District.

This move which triggered series of press conferences at the time to outline the importance of a tertiary institution to the people of Afram Plains and how it will help in the socio-economic growth of the area while contributing towards the development of the nation by the Chiefs, elders and citizens of the area seems to fall on deaf ears of the government.

Emmanuel Mbeebi who said, he believes Afram Plains can be developed rapidly with the establishment of the satellite campus in the area, sited Abetifi the District capital of Kwahu East as an example saying “Abetifi would have been one of the quietest and slow towns in the country had it not been the establishment of the Presbyterian University and other educational institutions, but look at how it is now the community is booming”.

Educating delegates on why they should make him Youth leader of Afram Plains South ahead of the 2020 elections Mbeebi said

“My main focus is to win 2020 general elections not just winning but winning overwhelmingly, increasing our vote and widening the intervals between our candidate and that of the NPP”.

Source: William Dei-Gyau ||
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