President Akufo-Addo has called on Ghanaians especially the people of Yilo Krobo to ignore claims that his government is moving the main campus of the University of Environment and Sustainable Development from Somanya to Bunso.
Addressing a durbar of Chiefs and people of Krobo at Somanya on Thursday as part of a 3-day working visit to the Eastern Region, the President indicated that the contractual agreement signed with the Italians who have provided 45 million euros funding for the project does not allow any individual, including himself to make such a move.
“This is the misinformation that is being peddled by our political opponents. These are people who are looking at a long period in opposition. It is only one University of Environment and Sustainable Development here in the Eastern Region. It is the first public University in the Eastern Region,” he said.
The Minority in Parliament have for several months insisted that the government wants to relocate the University to Bunso instead of the earlier plan of siting it at Somanya.
Later information gathered indicated that indeed that University would have a campus constructed at Bunso and Donkorkrom, but the main campus will remain at Somanya, also in the Eastern Region.
The university, when completed would offer degree programmes in environmental studies, climate change, urban development, Water Resources Development, Energy Sustainability, Energy Economics and Agriculture.
It is to have four undergraduate Schools – the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, the School of Sustainable Development, the School of Agriculture and Agriculture Entrepreneurship, and the School of the Built Environment.
There will also be one graduate school, comprising three research centres made up of the Centre for Agra Entrepreneurship, the Centre for Agriculture and Bio-Technology and the Centre for Sustainable Resource Development.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Roads and Highways, Kwesi Amoako-Atta, who was part of Akufo-Addo’s delegation to the region in an address assured Ghanaians that the country will see a major change in its road infrastructure before the end of the Akufo-Addo government’s first term in 2020.
“As you are aware, the government is tackling all roads in the country and you know the state of our country that was handed to him on 7th January 2017. One road after the other, systematically for sure, we are tackling all roads in the country and by the end of his first term, the world will witness a significant improvement on our roads in Ghana”