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Member of Parliament for the Afram Plains North constituency, Betty Krosby Mensah, a has called on the government to state clear, its position on the University of Environment and Sustainable Development satellite campus intended for Donkorkrom in Afram Plains.
According to her, despite earlier press conference held by the chiefs and people of Afram Plain to protest the intended moving of the satellite campus from Afram Plains, the government has not clarified its position on the matter.
In an interview she recounted how the Education Minister, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh while responding to a question from her on the floor of Parliament regarding the relocation, said, “it was too early in the day for anybody to come to that conclusion, government is still looking for money to establish the University of Environment and Sustainable Development, by moving the campus from Donkorkrom”.
Her comments come in the wake of a ninety million dollar agreement before Parliament, referred to the joint committee on Education and Finance on Thursday July 5, 2018, for the establishment of a University of Environment and Sustainable Development campus at Bonsu.
“I am shocked, what we are observing is not government’s intention to relocate the University from Afram Plains, it is important for the current government to continue programmes started by the previous administration,” she said.
“Again the law is on our side, when you look at Act 989 section 3 which says the campus would be established at Somanya and any other place, the council would determine any other place, with Donkorkrom being the target.
“I am hoping there is no drastic change to move the University from Afram Plains, people from Afram Plains deserve to benefit from a University,” she said.
She noted that when it comes to the Eastern Region, there is Koforidua Technical University that can serve people of Bunso, further pointing out that, the Okyehene’s University can also serve the people of Bunso.
“If you look at the land mark of the Eastern Region, Afram Plains forms one third, are we not Ghanaians, don’t we have equal right to have a University,?” she queried.
We are appealing to President Akufo-Addo, if the decision is coming from his office he should have a second look at this decision, the People of Afram Plains deserve a university, she lamented.
By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso