Former President Jerry John Rawlings has rejected the offer to rename the University of Development Studies (UDS) after him.
In a statement signed and issued on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, by Kobina Andoh Amoakwa from the Communications Directorate of the former president's office, Rawlings stated he had taken note of publications in the media on a proposed Universities Bill to be submitted to Parliament.
It said Rawlings has since the publication of the details of the new bill, written to the Minister of Education to reiterate his position and kindly requested that the re-naming of UDS after him be withdrawn from the Draft Bill to be submitted to Parliament.
"The former President has taken particular note of the plan to re-name four universities after eminent Ghanaian personalities, including the naming of the University of Development Studies (UDS) after him," the statement said.
It added when the proposal for the naming of the UDS was first brought to the former president’s attention by the Education Minister in 2017, he thanked Akufo-Addo and the government for the honor, but politely declined the offer because he had a long-standing principle not to have national monuments and facilities named after him.
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