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Govt’ll partner private sector in provision of schools: Prez Mahama says as he inaugurates ER University taskforce

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

President John MahamaPresident John Dramani Mahama says the government will continue to partner the private sector in the provision of schools and other infrastructure.

Inaugurating a 12-member Eastern Region Public University Committee at the Flagstaff House, Kanda, Tuesday, he said the proposed university in the Eastern Region, the only region with no public university, was to create more access to tertiary education for the students of the region and beyond.

When completed, the university would be known and called the University of Sustainable Environmental Studies and Applied Research.

The President commended religious missions for their tremendous contribution to education and gave an assurance that the goals would be achieved with the calibre of people on the committee.

Dr Christine Amoako-Nuamah is the convener of the committee, while Professor Raymond Bening, a former Vice-Chancellor of the University for Development Studies, is the Chairman of the university. 

Other members are Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyeman, the Minister of Education; Ms Helen Ntoso, the Eastern Regional Minister; Mr Solomon Asoalla of the Ministry of Energy; Dr Paschal Atendam of the College of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences; Daasebre Dr Oti Boateng, the Omanhene of New Juaben, and Dr Osei Kofi Darkwa, the President of Ghana Telecom University.

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The rest are Mr Kwame Dattey, the Executive Secretary of the National Accreditation Board; Professor Mahama Duwiejua, the Executive Secretary of the National Council for Tertiary Education; Dr Paul Effah, higher education consultant, and Dr Nicholas Iddi of the Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology.

The committee is charged with co-ordinating the activities that will lead to the establishment of a public university in the Eastern Region, in fulfilment of President Mahama’s 2012 campaign promise. 

It  will also supervise and evaluate the activities until the first matriculation.

The campuses will be located at Somanya and Donkorkrom, both in the Eastern Region, and the university will provide courses relevant to environmental and desertification issues.

Dr Amoako-Nuamah gave an assurance that the members of the committee would work tirelessly to achieve the goal set up by the President.

Story: Musah Yahaya Jafaru