MP Queries Minister in Parliament over Donkorkrom University Campus

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament (MP) for Afram Plains North in the Eastern Region, Hon Betty Efua Nana Krosby Mensah, has dragged the Minister for Education to parliament over the Donkorkrom Campus of the University of Environment and Sustainable Development (UESD).

The MP, who described the would be established University campus as an assets to the good people Afram Plains North, said Act 898 that established the UESD in Somanya, mandated the government through the Ministry of Education to sites a second campus at Donkorkrom .

For fear of the people been denied the opportunity to the University Campus visa-vis tension mounting in the area, Hon Betty Mensah on Friday last week, posed an urgent question to the Minister for education as to what immediate steps the Ministry was taking to establish the Donkorkrom campus.

“Mr Speaker, I rise to ask the Minister for Education whether the Ministry is taking immediate steps to establish the Donkorkrom Campus of the University of Environment and Sustainable Development, per the provisions of Act 898 in view of mounting tension in the entire Kwahu Afram Plains Constituencies.?”,Ms Betty Mensah asked.
The Afram Plains North lawmaker who is a member of Works and Housing Sub Committee of parliament said, Act 898 enjoined the government to establish a campus at Donkorkrom and any other places and therefore want the Minister to explain the dly in establishing a campus in the area.

But in response, the Minister for Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempreh said, per Act 898, the main campus of UESD is to be established at Somanya,

According to him, the Ministry was not yet seize with information as when the Donkrokrom campus would be established, stating that, “it is the governing council that is vest with power to establish campus of UESD at any other places as indicated in Act 898.”
While assuring the MP and parliament that the Donkorkrom campus of UESD would be established as when the council deem appropriate, the Minister also argued that, Act 898, in reference for the Donkorkrom campus was not mandatory as the MP sought to suggest.

The Education Minister had earlier last year told Parliament that the construction of the proposed Somanya Campus of the University would begin, but did not give details about the construction of the second campus at Donkorkrom.
The construction of the University was part of former President John Mahama administration’s vision to ensure each region in the country had a public university.

Beside the Somanya main campus, the Act also made mentioned Donkorkrom and any other places that campus of the University could be sited.

However, the establishment of the Donkorkrom campus of UESD became controversy recently following news that, the current government had made attempt to relocate the campus to Bonsu in the Akyem enclave also in the Eastern Region.

The MP in a press statement earlier condemned the move and vowed to use all legal means to resist government’s attempts to relocate the Donkorkrom Campus of the University of Environment and Sustainable Development to Bunso.

The Eastern Regional branch of the NDC, also in reaction condemned the government move and said relocation was without recourse to Parliament hence making it illegal.

The party pointed out that, the University governing program which Parliament had already approved was that, there would be two main campuses, the Somanya campus and the Donkorkrom campus in the Affram Plains area.

Sources:www.tyerepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Engsalige Nyaaba

The Republic News Online

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