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UESD campus relocation: NDC blasts Napo over attempts to smear Mahama

The Eastern regional secretariat of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has chastised the Education Minister Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh over some comments his office made against former president John Mahama over the relocation of a university campus in the Eastern Region.

Former president John Mahama on a tour of the region over the weekend had indicated his next government will build a satellite campus of the University of Environment and Sustainable Development (UESD) in Afram Plains in the Eastern Region which the Akufo-Addo government deprived them of.

The satelite campus that was scheduled to be sited at at Donkorkrom in Afram Plains by the Mahama administration was  relocated to Bunsu after Akufo-Addo assumed office.

Mr Mahama addressing a gathering.

But the government, which is finding it difficult to come to terms with itself after realising the residents in Afram Plains have endorsed the candidature of the NDC, the Education Ministry  in a swift response signed by the sector Minister’s Press Secretary Rodney Nkrumah-Boateng said the former President sought to put a partisan, ethnic spin on the location of the campus.

He said the former president’s statement was an attempt to cause disaffection for government in those parts of of this country and, thereby, described Mahama’s claim as completely false, preposterous and without merit.

“In a 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,” Nkrumah- Boateng said in the statement.

But a statement from NDC spokesperson for the Eastern Region, Kwame Darlas Ampomah Williams rubished the response from the Education Ministry and further clarified that Mr Mahama did say during his tour that “the Akufo Addo government after assuming power, unfairly relocated the satellite campus of UESD which his government gave to the people of Afram Plains to Bunso” adding that it ” has been collaborated by the [ Education Minister’s] press secretary’s release.”

” At no point did H.E. John Mahama state that the satellite campus was relocated to Kyebi, Mr. Akufo Addo’s hometown as the release sort to suggest, and the videos and audio voices are available,” the NDC stated.

Responding to a claim that the NDC government never made preparations for a campus of AESD to be established  in the area, the NDC said “It is also a public knowledge that the government of H. E. John Mahama secured a site from Nananom in Afram Plains to build a satellite campus of the UESD.”

“The Eastern regional secretariat of the NDC is by this release stating without a scintilla of doubt that the statement being attributed to H. E. John Mahama, is inaccurate, irresponsible, and must be treated with the contempt it deserves.

“We urge this Rodney Nkrumah and his boss to focus on the myriad of problems facing the education sector now, some of which have been highlighted by CHASS and Civil society groups,” the party said.

 

Read the full release below :

For Immediate Release

NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS

EASTERN REGIONAL SECRETARIAT

SETTING THE RECORDS ON AKUFO ADDO’S NEPOTISTIC RELOCATION OF EASTERN UNIVERSITY CAMPUS FROM AFRAM PLAINS

The Eastern regional secretariat of the National Democratic Congress has become aware of a statement authored by one Rodney Nkrumah-Boateng, styled as a press secretary to the minister for Education, dated 8th November, 2020, with the heading “Ministry of Education rejects Mr. John Mahama’s assertion on University of Environment and Sustainable Development (UESD)”.

In the release, the said press secretary to the minister deliberately and mischievously misrepresented H. E. John Dramani Mahama, with the aim of scoring cheap political points and to obscure the fundamental issues raised. We would like to posit the below;

1. H. E. John Mahama, during his tour of the Eastern region stated that the Akufo Addo government after assuming power, unfairly relocated the satellite campus of UESD which his government gave to the people of Afram Plains to Bunso, which has been collaborated by the press secretary’s release.

2. At no point did H.E. John Mahama state that the satellite campus was relocated to Kyebi, Mr. Akufo Addo’s hometown as the release sort to suggest, and the videos and audio voices are available.

3. It is also a public knowledge that the government of H. E. John Mahama secured a site from Nananom in Afram Plains to build a satellite campus of the UESD which has since been relocated by the Akufo Addo government to Akim Bunso after assuming power.

4. The Akufo Addo government is dazed at the massive reception H.E. John Mahama’s 4 day tour enjoyed in the home region of Akufo-Addo, especially when he couldn’t receive same, hence this childish attempt to divert attention.

5. Infact the next President of Ghana, John Mahama, emphasized that he is not against the establishment of a campus of any university at different places to spur development, including Bunso. However, it is wickedness to relocate a project from one place to another creating an impression that the original beneficiaries do not deserve.
It is public knowledge how the NPP members of parliament, then in opposition, undermined the establishment of this university, even at Somanya.

The Eastern regional secretariat of the NDC is by this release stating without a scintilla of doubt that the statement being attributed to H. E. John Mahama, is inaccurate, irresponsible, and must be treated with the contempt it deserves.

We urge this Rodney Nkrumah and his boss to focus on the myriad of problems facing the education sector now, some of which have been highlighted by CHASS and Civil society groups.

We are also by this statement urging the people of Afram Plains to continue to support the NDC and H.E. John Mahama, and trust that the satellite campus of the UESD which was unfairly taken from them by the nepotistic and failed Akufo Addo government, will be restored.

We also wish to say thank you to His Excellency John Mahama for his strategic visit to the Region and his message of hope that has been accepted by the good people of the Eastern Region.

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