Upper West people are slow reactionists. And that is because, especially when they’re dealing with institutions, they always want to allow the other party ample time to adjust and respond or solve whatever issue is at stake.
The problem comes when this deliberate slow reactionist approach is taken for a weakness by the other party.
The apparent attempt by authorities of the University for Development Studies (UDS) to offload most of its Wa Campus courses/departments/faculties to the Tamale and Navrongo campuses in a clear attempt to weaken the Wa campus thereby making it ineligible for consideration for the status of a full-fledged autonomous university will not go unchallenged, legitimately. And the authorities had better rescind that obnoxious and bogus decision because not only does it not make sense but also it smacks of injustice and ‘kaabanye’.
The chiefs and peoples of the Upper West Region have clearly indicated their misgivings not only about the decision but also the processes leading up to it. And we have waited long enough for rescindment but there’s no indication of anything happening to that effect.
The Wa campus is the youngest of the three campuses of the UDS (or are they four?), yet it has grown and expanded very rapidly within the few years of its existence.
This rapid growth and expansion did not happen in a vacuum; it took vision, innovation and hardwork with massive support from the region’s traditional leaders, especially the chiefs and ‘Tendaamba’ (land custodians) for that campus to be what it is today. Recall that the Wa Campus started in the Regional House of Chiefs building in Wa. Yes, our chiefs gave out that building for use as a lecture hall complex when the campus first opened.
Today, with that initial sacrificial support from our chiefs and other forms of support subsequently— including the premium vast land at Bamahu where the new campus currently stands— the Wa campus has grown and expanded to become the largest in terms of student population and number of courses offered, with great potential for further expansion and growth.
Why would anyone want to send fruits from one farm to another farm when there’s no shortage of eaters in the first farm, neither is there a problem with storage there. Who does that? Why?
The other day my good friend and senior, Mr Yirideme, wrote quite copiously on another platform about how we, the so-called “northerners”, instead of helping one another to grow, rather try to stifle one another thus stalling our collective growth. He brilliantly cited the fact that, with the setting up of the university for Environment and Sustainable Development in the Eastern Region (when completed), each of the 7 “southern” regions will have a full-fledged public university. Only the so called “three northern regions” will still be sharing one small public university, the UDS. And even with that, instead of working together conscientiously towards attaining autonomy and full-fledged university status for each of the three campuses (one in each region), here we are at our typical worst…….. “Wa campus has too soon become the biggest and the strongest, let’s weaken it. Why should the youngest take the lead?”. I don’t want to believe the ‘pull him down’ attitude perceived to be associated with us is what is playing out in this matter and in this manner. Sad! Why?
Kambozie Dery Jnr