By Lawrence Markwei, Kyebi
A new university with focus on environmental courses is to be commissioned at Kyebi to coincide with the 10th anniversary of Osagyefuo Amotia Ofori Panin’s installation as Okyenhene.
The establishment of the university, the first of its kind in the sub-region, is to create a platform for Ghanaians to play a lead role in the management of emerging effect of climate change, ozone layer depletion and environmental pollution and degradation, especially with Ghana’s emergence as an offshore oil producer.
The University College of Agriculture and Environmental Studies at Bunso will be affiliated and supported by a Holland university with logistics and manpower needs.
This came to light when Tafohene, Osabarima Adusei Peasah IV, chairman of the Planning Committee of the 10th anniversary launched and unveiled a logo to commemorate the celebration at the palace in Kyebi.
The launch, which was laced with intermittent firing of muskets by Asafo groups against the background of throbbing fontofrom drums, was used to outline activities slated to mark the anniversary which is under the theme, ‘A green decade, a brighter future’.
Osabarima Peasah said the establishment of the university falls within Osagyefuo’s vision of giving meaning to education, health, environmental issues and child welfare as prioritised areas since his ascension to the stool in October 11, 1999.
He said the Okyeman Council and its successive presidents since Nana Ofori Atta I had consistently supported a strong education policy for the development of Okyeman in particular and Ghana in general.
Osabarima Peasah said Osagyefuo has re-affirmed his commitment to continue to secure education for the people, in line with his predecessors, who also vigorously formulated good educational policies for the people.
He said in order to sustain the drive for environmental concerns, the Okyenhene established many organisations such as the Okyeman Environmental Foundation, Environmental Protection Brigades and Leopard clubs for school children to get involved in environmental issues.
He said the Okyenhene in his 10-year reign had been a great advocate for the campaign against HIV/AIDS and was at the forefront of many intervention campaigns.
Osabarima Peasah said the Okyenhene would continue to serve and patronize the needy and vunerable in society, especially children under the umbrella of his annual children Christmas party which he used to fete nearly 2500 children.
Some of the activities slated to mark the 10th anniversary include an Okyenman Congress, thanksgiving service for his predecessor and other chiefs who had died within his ten years reign and a symposium where eminent personalities including former United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan will speak.