The Sekondi legislator in the heat of the 2016 campaign, promised to facilitate the establishment of an institution of higher learning, one that he believed could reignite and improve the local economy.
On this background, and in pursuit of which, Hon. Mercer signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Auburn University, Alabama of the United States of America to see to the setting up of a satellite university in Sekondi.
Hon. Mercer in making justifications for the events that have unfolded vehemently protested criticisms of his inability to actualize this promise to the constituents.
“The most feasible, potentially achievable would be an institution that we may be able to put up that would help in driving. the economic fortunes of Sekondi is a university. I’m very clear in my mind because like I said we can’t put up on vehicle assembly plant. We just don’t have the land.
He continued that, some efforts have been taken, in spite of the challenges, to have one of the Centers of Excellence promised by the President, established in the constituency.
“I met with the Education Minister and indicated to him that this town is declining. I think that this Free SHS program that is coming there will be the need for us to provide more tertiary institutions and so I’m working on that plan. And Dr. Armah and my very good friend Josh Bamfo and Dr. Quansah in the U.S, all worked on the document that has been submitted to the Minister of Education. Why doesn’t government even adopt some medium sized universities that are going to cost in the original some 10 to 15 million, just provide their offices, lecture rooms, the library facilities and let the private sector build hotels and other support facilities to support the school.
“The Minister indicated that it is a good plan but the focus of the government was TVET. And so they have commenced the process of initiating and building centers of excellence across the entire country. And so he will consider Sekondi, as an alternative to the proposals that we have submitted which for me serves the same purpose of creating an anchor institution that will drive, or support the drive towards the economic revival of Sekondi” he narrated