April 30, 2012

The Member of Parliament for Adenta, Kojo Adu- Asare has said government remains committed to opening the two new public universities (University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) in the Volta Region and the University of Energy and Natural Resources, Brong Ahafo region in September 2012 as planned.

According to him, despite some hiccups with respect to getting the infrastructural facilities of the universities in place, the two institutions of higher learning are set to take off in five months.

The Volta University made the news headlines last week when its Council Chairman, Prof. Kofi Anyidoho, stated that his outfit was dissatisfied with the temporary structures put in place to start the university.

According to him, the members of the Council were disturbed over the poor nature of the structures, and that inferior materials were used to put them up, and mentioned specifically, the administration block. “We cannot risk using that building as an administration block of the university,” he said.

He, therefore, called on the government to provide funds for the necessary corrections on the structures to be done. He also called for the construction of additional buildings for the university to gain acceptable standards for its smooth take off.

However speaking on Peace FM’s Kokrokoo show on Monday, the Adenta MP who is a member of the NDC party communication team stated that these challenges notwithstanding the government is poised to see the operationalization of the universities which is one of the Mills Administration’s major campaign promises.

He urged the opposition especially the New Patriotic Party (NPP) not to be excited about the current hitch that has confronted the school as government would do all in its power to see the school commence effective studies.

“The NPP elements are happy about the temporal setback facing the universities thinking that the schools will never take off, but they will surely be put to shame as the university will admit its first batch of 200 students in September 2012 to afford students in those two towns and their environs and opportunity to further their education in their own area’’ he said.

Kwadwo Anim/ghanamps.gov.gh