Deputy General Secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Obiri Boahen is admonishing members the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) and others kicking against the renaming of Universities by the Akufo-Addo government on what to do.
“They can go to Prophet Badu Kobi for spiritual advice if they don’t understand why we have C.K. Tedam University of Technology and Applied Sciences, and University of Energy and Natural Resources after Dr. Kofi Abrefa Busia”, he fumed.
According to Nana Obiri Boahen who spoke to Kumasi-based FM in a telephone interview, the Akufo-Addo government will continue to christen all the universities in the country to founding fathers’ of Ghana.
“There are more names in the pipeline such as J.B. Danquah”, the NPP Deputy General hinted describing concerns from the public as unnecessary noise.
There has been a hue and cry among section of Ghanaians over the renaming of existing universities after some prominent Ghanaians said to belong to the NPP.
Many including persons in academia have kicked against the move calling on the President to rather establish new universities and name it after those he wants to honour.
Recently, a Senior lecturer at the University for Development Studies (UDS), Dr. Michael Ayamga Adongo took on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo over his renaming spree.
The Development Economist advised the President against what he termed as honour grabbing adding with the renaming of national assets after deserving citizens without broader consultation.
“Stop the honour grabbing. It is good to name national assets after deserving citizens but such actions must be informed by wide consultations and broader consensus. The partisan and veiled ethnocentric approach we are witnessing in Ghana today will eventually bring dishonour to those we sought to honour especially when such actions are reversed. I am more alarmed by the grabbing of university names as if we were sharing sacrificial meat to clans in a frafra funeral”, he revealed.