The Vice President, Alhaji Dr. Mahmud Bawumia, has disclosed that he took advantage of his short stay in the Holy City of Mecca in 2018 to secure a deal to build a University and 42 Secondary Schools in the northern parts of Ghana.
It has emerged that the King of Saudi Arabia, after an interaction with the Veep, agreed to construct the important educational institutions at vantage points to help promote education in the northern regions.
According to the number two gentleman of the land, who is also a staunch Muslim, he was in Saudi Arabia in 2018 as a pilgrim, but he managed to strike a deal with the Saudi King for the benefit of the country.
“The decision by the Saudi King to build a Medical University and 42 Secondary Schools in the northern parts of this country for free was brokered in the Holy City of Mecca, where I had visited to perform Hajj.
“Before my visit to Mecca last year, President Nana AddoDankwaAkufo-Addo told me to try and appeal to the Saudi King to help construct a Medical University and some secondary schools in the northern part of the country for free.
“Luckily for us, the Saudi King gladly accepted to construct the modern Medical University to train doctors and nurses, and also build 42 secondary schools to help advance education in the northern part of our country”.
Dr. Gideon Boako, Spokesperson for Dr. Bawumia, who made the disclosure on Hello FM in Kumasi, said “when his boss returned, the president asked the Education Minister, Dr. Matthew OpokuPrempeh, to officially write to the Saudi King regarding the projects”.
According to him, the deal is one of the best things ever to have happened to the country. He added that the schools would be built to modern standards.