A former Deputy Minister for Education, and MP for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, is alleging that the Akufo-Addo government has relocated the Donkorkrom campus of the University of Environment and Sustainable Development to Akyem Bunso, near Kyebi in the Eastern Region.
According to him, the government’s move is without recourse to Parliament, although the house originally approved the construction of two campuses for the school at Donkorkrom and Somanya.
[contextly_sidebar id=”MKLx8pKbrSMWTEqR7DKBpsDrvFbS2Q7F”]The construction of the University was part of the Mahama administration’s vision to ensure each region in the country had a public university.
The Education Minister told Parliament that the construction of the proposed Somanya Campus of the University would begin next month, but did not give details about the construction of the second campus.
But according to the North Tongu MP, the government had changed the original plan of a Donkorkrom campus to Kyebi, the hometown of President Akufo-Addo.
Speaking in an interview with Citi News, the former deputy Education Minister said, “the program which Parliament had already approved was that there will be two main campuses, the Somanya campus and the Donkorkrom campus in the Affram Plains area. The information I have, which is unimpeachable, credible, is that, this government has changed the second campus from Donkorkrom in Afram Plains to Bunso in Kyebi, and that is why they did not want to answer the question. The facility that this house approved in 2016 has to do with funding for two campuses, there is reasonable proximity.”
He said although he tried the seek clarification from the Education Minister, Matthew Opoku Prempeh on the matter, the former did not give details about the development, noting that “they know what they have done, which they are hiding from the people of this country,” hence the failure to disclose the move.
By: Jonas Nyabor/citifmonline.com/Ghana