Government is finding it difficult to come to terms with itself after former president John Mahama indicated he will build a satellite campus of the University of Environment and Sustainable Development (UESD) in Afram Plains in the Eastern Region.
Mr Mahama as part of his tour of the region said the next NDC government will outsource funds to construct the satellite campus at Donkorkrom in Afram Plains following the Akufo-Addo government’s relocation of the campus to Bunsu.
“The next NDC government will access new funds to build the campus here because what was earmarked for yours has been sent to the Akyem land, so we will get new funds for you the construction when we win power’’ he said while addressing a gathering at Donkorkrom.
Sensing the anger among the people of the area and a possible defeat for Akufo-Addo in the upcoming elections, the Education Ministry led by Dr Matthew Opoku-Prempeh in a swift response has said the former President seeks to put a partisan, ethnic spin on the location of the campus and attempts to cause disaffection for government in certain parts of this country.
The worried minister had to instruct his press secretary Rodney Nkrumah Boateng to save the face of the government after Akufo-Addo relocated the campus to his home district to spite the people of Afram Plains who have been described as NDC sympathisers.
The Press Statement to respond to Mr Mahama described his claim as completely false, preposterous and without merit.
“In handover notes during the transition, the previous government did not mention Donkorkrom as a prospective site, clearly because, there had been no agreement to site a university campus there,” Boateng said.
Background of UESD
The University of Environment and Sustainable Development (UESD) located in Somanya is the first public university in the region.
It was established by the enactment of the University of Environment and Sustainable Development Act 2015(Act 898) and funded by the erstwhile Mahama administration through a loan facility of Forty-Five Million five Hundred and Seventy-Five Thousand Euros (645,575,000.00).
It is the first university in West Africa established to focus on research in natural Environment and climate change as well as agro-business.
Sod-cutting for the construction of the University was done by Mr. Mahama in December 2016.
The first phase of the project was complete and Commissioned by President Akufo-Addo on August 6, 2020, for enrollment of first batch of students to begin in 2020/2021 academic year.