The chiefs and people of the upper west region has appealed to President Akufo Addo to as a matter of urgency make final pronouncement for the conversion of the Wa Campus of the University for Development Studies into a fully-fledged university.
Daffiama Naa and Vice President of the Upper West Regional house of chiefs, Naa Dikomwine Domalae made the plead in Wa on Tuesday during an interactive meeting between the President and chiefs from the Wa Municipal, Wa West, Wa East, Nadowli-Kaleo and Daffiama Bussie Issa Districts.
“Your Excellency, the chiefs and people of this region are appealing to you as a matter of urgency to make your final pronouncement for the autonomy of the Wa Campus of UDS in particular.” the chiefs said.
They said the delay in the pronouncement and conversion of the Wa as well as the Navrongo and Nyankpala campuses of the UDS into fully fledged universities is gradually dismembering the Wa Campus in the name of realignment.
“A good number of the courses on Wa Campus and especially, the core courses are moved from the Wa Campus to either Navrongo or Nyankpala campuses. This compelled the Upper West Region House of Chiefs to petition the Council of UDS to reconsider the decision of the UDS authorities on the matter. Presently some concerned citizens of the Upper West Region sensing the unhealthy move of the UDS Authorities have gone to court on the matter, which is still pending for determination.”
The chiefs also reminded the President on the conversion of the Wa Polytechnic into a technical university.
“We wish to also remind you of the conversion of the Wa Polytechnic into a Technical University as alluded to during our courtesy call on you in Accra.
In his response to the chiefs plead, President Akufo Addo said government has made the commitment to grant the UDS Campuses autonomy. He said works has been done at the ministry of education to make that commitment a reality. The president said within a very short period of time the Wa and Navrongo campuses of the UDS will be granted autonomy.
On the conversion of the Wa Polytechnic into a technical university, the President said the Ministry of Education is working on making the polytechnic a technical university.
The President also revealed that government will recruit 8,000 more teachers this year to enhance teaching and learning at the senior high schools across the country.
President Nana Addo said the decision was to make teachers available for the 180,000 students to be enrolled under the Free Senior High school programme this year.
The President said education remained a top priority for government and said infrastructural facilities would be expanded in the schools to accommodate the increasing numbers.
The President earlier on Tuesday morning paid a courtesy call on the overload of the Waala Traditional Area, Naa Fuseini Pelpuo IV. He proceeded to inspect progress of work at the Upper West Regions’ Youth Resources Centre under construction. The President later commissioned a new office complex for the Upper West Regional House of Chiefs and an amatrol laboratory for the Wa Polytechnic.