He said for the consistent support and loyalty that the people of Krobo Odumase had shown towards the National Democratic Congress, it was fair that government rewarded them by bringing the university there.
Nene Sakitey said this when the Presidential Committee responsible for the implementation of the Public University in the Eastern Region called on him at his palace.
“The Committee must rethink its decision and locate the university here,” he said.
He said many years ago, the Presbyterian Boys Secondary School (PRESEC), was located at Krobo Odumase but was later re-located to Legon adding that this decision had a heavy toll on the educational development of the people, hence the need for the government to compensate them with the university.
Nene Sakitey expressed his readiness to offer a 1,000 acre-land for the project saying “if it is 200, 500 or 1,000 acres of land that you need, we can offer you that under my strong leadership.”
Nene Sakitey said Krobo Odumase had vast land at strategic locations including the area around the Kpong Water Works, where water and energy would be readily available for the university.
He said other tentative areas for the university could include land dotted on the Akosombo-Tema Highway.
He said the traditional area had five senior high schools ready for the temporary take-off of the university and urged government to consider locating the university there.
Ms Helen Adjoa Ntoso, Eastern Regional Minister, said the university was not for the region alone but the whole nation, with scattered campuses.
She said the government appreciated the interest shown by the chiefs in the proposed university and gave the assurance that the university would serve the interest of all.
Professor R.B Bernie, Chairman of the Committee, urged the chiefs to take a keen interest in the education and development of their areas.