Group wants separate public universities for Upper East, West regions

GraduationPeople from Bolgatanga, Nangodi, Bongo and Tongo (BONABOTO) have called on the government to provide the Upper East and Upper West regions with separate fully fledge public universities.

In a communiqué issued in Bolgatanga on Thursday by BONABOTO at the end of its 8th National Congress and signed by the National President, Mr Peter Lance Adogba Adua, BONABOTO said” the Upper East and West Regions have just Campuses of the University for Development Studies (UDS) and not fully fledged universities and will therefore appreciate  if they have their own. Please Mr. President consider us.”

The communiqué also appealed to the government to provide additional colleges of education, senior high schools and nurses training schools in the region to ensure regional balance, to complete the rehabilitation of the Bolgatanga Central Hospital and to fulfill its promise of providing a regional referral hospital in Bolgatanga.

Additionally, it appealed to the government to as a matter of urgency provide Bolgatanga with  link roads to its district capitals.

“Appreciating the efforts of the government to close the developmental gap between the north and the south by implementing SADA initiative, we request that representation on the SADA Board and top management positions be regionally balanced”, the communiqué stated.

BONABOTO commended President Mahama for being elected as the President of Ghana and pledged to give him the moral support to run the country and appealed to all the 15 members of Parliament-elect from the region  to work together to propel the development of the region.

The Congress under the theme” Fostering collaboration for development of the Upper East Region” elected new executives.

The National President, Mr Adua retained his position. Mr Apana Adagzina, National Vice President. Mr George Anaba, National Secretary,  Mrs Margaret Akabsa, National Treasurer, Mrs Victoria Yaney, National  Vice Treasurer,  WOI(rt) Raymond Ayua , National Organiser and Andrews Akola, National Publicity Secretary.

At the regional level Mr Augustine Ayivore was elected as the Regional Chairman, Mr Francis Atotono, Regional Vice Chairman and  Mr David Atubiga,  Regional Secretary.

The Financial Secretary/Public Relations Officer went to Mr Stanly Abopam, Regional organizing Secretary and the Regional Treasurer went to Mr Nicholas Kolog and Ms Martha Fuseini respectively.

BONABOTO is an advocacy organization that had over the years been advocating and lobbying for development for the Upper East Region.

It has contributed a lot to the development of the Region particularly in the area of granting scholarships to needy but brilliant students.  It has been donating education materials such as computers to educational institutions and  undertakes outreach medical services to health institutions in the region including donation of medical equipment to health facilities.

Source: GNA

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