Parliament was virtually turned into a ‘landmine’ yesterday, with Members of Parliament (MPs) from both sides of the House firing salvos at one another amidst extreme hecklings over 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.
Members of the Minority National Democratic Congress (NDC) on the Finance Committee, which scrutinized the agreement, also completely refused to approve the loan at the committee level allowing only the Majority to approve the report of the committee with nine votes as against seven votes by the minority.
The argument of the minority was 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.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament (MP) for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, who was the Deputy Minister of Education in-charge of Tertiary Education in the last administration, said it would be a day of shame for Parliament to approve the loan because it will undermine the principles of Act 898.
He said that by dictates of the Act, no new campus ought to be created without the amendment of the Act, adding that the choice of Bunso is a deliberate political decision to site the campus in the home district of the president.
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