Parl’t okays US$90M loan facility for establishment of UESD campus

A 90-million US dollar loan facility for the construction of a satellite campus of the University of Environment and Sustainable Development (UESD) at Bunso in the Eastern Region has been approved by Parliament.

The loan, acquired from the Export and Import Bank of Korea, which was approved yesterday, will be used for the construction of a modern university campus whose headquarters is located in Somanya, Eastern Region

The university 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.

The minority earlier expressed concern about the amount of money to be used for the construction of the facility. They believe the cost is overpriced.

They were baffled that a satellite campus costs twice as much money that was used in the construction of the main campus and wanted it reversed.

North Tongu Member of Parliament (MP), Samuel Okudzeto-Ablakwa, also felt that government was being discriminatory against the people of Donkorkrom, where the previous government had planned for the satellite campus to be constructed.

Speaker of Parliament, Prof Mike Aaron Ocquaye, was compelled to conduct a head count after Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, challenged an earlier voice vote on the approval of the Finance Committee’s report on the loan.

After the headcount, however, 125 MPs voted in favour of the approval of the loan while 75 voted against it.

 

Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH

Writer’s email: franklin.asare-donkoh@todaygh.com

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