Member of Parliament for Afram Plains North, Hon. Betty Efua Krosby Mensah, is calling on government to state clear its position on University of Environment and Sustainable Development satellite campus intended for Donkorkrom in Afram Plains.
According to the Afram Plains North legislator, despite earlier press conference held by the Chiefs and people of Afram Plain against moving the intended satellite campus from Afram Plains, government has not stated its position clear on the matter.
In an interview, she recounted how the Education Minister Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh on the floor of Parliament while responding to a question she posed on the relocation, said, “it was too early in the day for anybody to come to that conclusion, and that, government was still looking for money to establish the University of Environment and Sustainable Development by moving the campus from Donkorkrom”.
Her comments come in relations to a ninety million dollars agreement before Parliament, referred to the joint committee of Education and Finance on Thursday July 5, 2018, for an establishment of University of Environment and Sustainable Development campus at Bonsu, in order 6 (c).
“I am shocked; what we are observing now is government’s plan to relocate the University from Afram Plains, it is important for the government to continue programmes started by the previous administration.
Again, the law is on our side when you look at Act 989 section 3, which say the campus would be establish at Somanya and any other place the council would determine, with Donkorkrom being the target.
I am hoping there is no drastic change to move the University from Afram Plains. People from Afram Plain deserve to benefit from a University”. She lamented.
Indicating that when it comes to the Eastern Region, there is Koforidua Technical University that can serve people of Bunso and further pointed out that, Okyehene’s University can equally serve the people of Bunso.
“If you look at the land mark of the Eastern Region, Afram Plains forms one third of the area; Are we not Ghanaians; Don’t we have an equal right to own a University?”
We are appealing to President Akufo-Addo, if the decision is coming from his office, he should have a second look at it, because the good people of Afram Plains deserve a University. She emphasized.