The Vice-President, Alhaji Aliu Mahama, has commended the chiefs and people of Nkoranza in the Brong Ahafo Region for being the first community in the country to initiate the mutual health insurance scheme which has made it possible for the government to adopt and replicate the scheme nation-wide.
'By adopting this scheme, health service delivery has become affordable and accessible, thereby relieving ordinary people from the inhuman cash-and-carry system, of the not-too-distant past,' he stressed.
Alhaji Mahama made the commendation at a grand durbar of the chiefs and people of Nkoranza to raise funds for the establishment of the Nkoranza campus of the Anglican University of Science and Technology and also to climax their annual Munufiekese Festival at Nkoranza over the weekend.
The Anglican University, initiated by the Anglican Church in Ghana, will start formal admission of students between September and October 2009. The Nkoranza campus of the University will offer Agriculture Science programmes to help develop the agricultural sector in Nkoranza and the nation as a whole.
Vice-President Mahama noted that the increase in food production over the last few years is as a result of the sustained peace and stability prevailing in the traditional area and the country, as well as the pragmatic agricultural programmes and policies pursued by the ruling government to ensure food security.
The Omanhene of the Nkoranza Traditional Area, Okatakyie Kudom Agyeman IV, in his welcome address, gave a brief history of how the Anglican Church started in Nkoranza in the 1920s.
Currently the Brong Ahafo Region can boast of five new tertiary institutions, apart from the Sunyani Polytechnic.
They are the Anglican Universtiy Science and Technology which is yet to take off, the Catholic University College of Ghana at Fiapre, the Methodist University Agriculture Campus at Wenchi, the Valley View University Campus at Techiman and the Faculty of Forestry Resource Technology campus of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, also at Fiapre.