The Methodist Church of Ghana is to construct a new University at Aboabo Number Four in the Dormaa Central Municipality of the Brong– Ahafo Region.
The University, when fully completed, would be the first fully fledged University to be established in Dormaa – Ahenkro.
It would be constructed on a 250 acre-land, allocated under the aegis of Osagyefo Oseadeyo Agyemang Badu II, the Paramount Chief of Dormaa Traditional Area, and Barima Okogyeatour, the Chief of Aboabo Number Four.
Barima Okogyeatour, in an address, stated that he had initially nursed the plan for the construction of a teachers’ training college in the area.
However, he said, after further consultations with officials and the leadership of the Church they settled on a decision to build a University as there was none of such in the community.
He stated that the establishment of the University would among other things, bring tertiary education closer and accessible to people in the area, who otherwise could have travelled longer distance elsewhere to seek tertiary education.
The Chief of Aboabo Number Four stated that with some sub chiefs, he had held discussions with owners of various farm plantations whose land had been designated for the project, to which they have all consented to and a mutual agreement had been reached between all the parties (chiefs, the Methodist Church and the chiefs) for the project to take off.
Barima Okogyeatuor appealed for the early construction of the main road linking the area to other communities to further enhance socio-economic activities there.
The Right Reverend Kofi Asare Bediako, Bishop of the Sunyani Diocese of Methodist Church, thanked the Chiefs for providing the Church with the parcel of land, saying this would complement the Government’s efforts at bringing education and development to the people.
He emphasised that the development of the country rested on the quality of education, which was given to its people, and any compromise on such investment was suicidal and inimical to the country’s development aspirations.
Mr. Isaac Nsiah Edwards, the Municipal Director of Education, expressed gratitude to Nananom for contributing immensely towards promoting education and appealed to parents to send their wards to school. GNA