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We're not relocating Somanya University to Bunso; Stop misinforming Ghanaians-Minister

Written by  Aug 08, 2018
The Minister of Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh has reacted to what he described as misinformation being peddled about the University of Environment and Sustainable Development. The Minister at the Meet the Press Series on Tuesday, said the decision to construct the university in Somanya has not changed and will never change. Parliament before going on recess approved a loan agreement of $90 million to finance the establishment of a campus of the University of Environment and Sustainable Development at Bunso. There were heated arguments over the Bunso campus of the University of Environment and Sustainable Development, which is also expected to have other campuses at Somanya and Donkorkrom, all in the Eastern Region with the minority members, led by their leader, Haruna Iddrisu, completely dissenting to the loan agreement. The Minority held the view that the law that established the university to be sited in the Eastern Region, Act 898 did not include Bunso as one of original campuses and so for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government to circumvent provisions of the law to include Bunso is a clear breach of the law and a slap in the face of the Constitution. Others also accused the president of plotting to relocate the facility to his hometown. But the minister reacting to the claims said, the contract that former President Mahama signed is currently underway in Somanya. ‘’Let no one misinform Ghanaians,’’ he added. The minister went ahead to state that, former Finance Minister Seth Terkper who signed the loan agreement, knows for a fact that what he signed is what is being done. ‘’Government of Ghana has not taken a single faculty building outside Somanya that was contracted. The contractors are in Ghana and the loan agreement can be made available…'' The Bunso satellite campus he revealed is being constructed with a loan facility from South Korean Exim Bank, adding, ‘’it affects no way the campus in Somanya. That contract was never available to the previous government. It was negotiated, and signed by this current government.’’
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