The Minority has threatened to go to court to prevent the government from relocating one of the campuses of the proposed University of Environment and Sustainable Development from Donkorkrom to Bunso near Kyebi.
Minority Spokesman for Education, Samuel Okudjeto Ablakwa told Starr FM today, November 9, 2017 that the law establishing the university unambiguously identifies Donkorkrom as one of the places to house the campuses of the new university.
Although the Majority has denied claims that there was agreement to establish a campus at Bunso, the Minority insists that there had been a prior agreement to that effect and only Parliament can make the necessary change to relocate the campus from Donkorkrom to Bunso.
The Education Ministry had in a statement described as completely “false, preposterous and without merit” the claims by the Minority.
“In its handover notes during the transition following the 2016 election, the previous government did not mention Donkorkrom as a prospective site, clearly because there had been no agreement to site a university campus there,” a statement by the Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh stated.
“Following the enactment of the University of Environment and Sustainable Development Act 2015(Act 898) Parliament has approved a loan facility of Forty-Five Million Five Hundred and Seventy-Five Thousand Euros (€45,575,000.00) for the establishment of the proposed University of Somanya in the Eastern Region. It is to be expected that as Deputy Minister in charge of Tertiary Education under the previous government, Hon. Ablakwa knows or ought to know these facts. The University of Environment and Sustainable Development (UEDS), like all public projects, is a national one. It is therefore unfortunate that Hon. Ablakwa seeks to put on a partisan cap and attempts to cause disaffection for this government in certain parts of this country,” the statement added.