Parliament has unanimously approved the conversion of the Wa campus of the University for Development Studies (UDS), into an autonomous university to be known as the University of Business and Integrated Development Studies.
The decision was taken at the second reading of the University of Business and Integrated Development Studies Bill, 2018 in Parliament.
The motion was moved by the Minister of State in charge of Tertiary Education, Professor Kwesi Yankah and seconded by the Chairman of the Education Committee of Parliament, William Agyapong Quaittoo.
It will be dedicated to the development of business and integrated development studies.
The newly established University is expected to attract investors to the region, increase economic activities, generate revenue and create job opportunities.
Schools of the university will include School of Business, Law, Social Studies, Education and Lifelong Learning, ICT and others yet to be determined by the Uuniversity Council.
Member of Parliament (MP) for Wa West, Joseph Yieleh Chireh, welcomed the news and urged government to commit resources to the conversion of the university.
Statement from the Coalition of Concerned Youth
Coalition of Concerned Citizens, Wa- Upper West Region
To: All Media Houses
Subject: Parliament Approves Conversion of UDS WA Campus into University
Date: 17th July, 2019 Time: 04:55pm
The coalition of concerned citizens is pleased to laud government for keeping on its promise to facilitate the passage of UBIDS draft bill into a university status. The group is particularly pleased with the education sub- committee and the minister of education for acting in the interest of sympathizers of the UDS Wa Campus now UBIDS.
As we celebrate with joy of the honour done us, we must be cautious that, there is still a long way to go. The leadership structure must be something that, all must be watching with eagle eye. We will not want a situation where the autonomous status will “be a curse rather than a blessing’’.
Coliation of concerned citizens with to congratulate all comrades, most especially the Upper West Regional House of Chiefs, Alhaji Ambassador Shahanu Mugtari, The Waala Traditional Council, our legal team, the media, the people of Bamahu and chief, Hon. Dassanaa Adams, and other key personalities who have supported our struggle in diverse ways.
We are thankful to CPP, PNC, NDC and NPP fraternity for supporting the course of our action.
The group is appealing to all sympathizers and well wishes that, this is the time we must be more united than before to ensure that, the rights things are done.
We further appeal to government; to do proper consultation on leadership structure. The group further recommend that, the transition team must be set up as a matter of urgency. The group will continue to monitor the situation and engage stakeholders on the way forward.
Long Live Coalition of concerned citizens!
Long Live UBIDS!
Long Live Upper West Region!
Long Live Ghana!