- Victor Gbeho, a member of the family says former First Lady and Rawlings’ widow, Nana Konadu is onboard
- President Akufo-Addo has recently been pushing for the idea despite Rawlings’ earlier rejection of the move
- UDS already named its main library after the former military ruler
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The campaign to have the University of Development Studies (UDS) to be named after the late former Ghanaian president, Jerry John Rawlings, has received a major boost.
Yen.com.gh understands that the family of the late president is in support of the idea to name the foremost learning institution in Northern Ghana after him.
Rawlings publicly expressed repugnance to naming national monuments after him. However, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has recently been pushing for UDS to be renamed after him.
Former diplomat and member of the family, Victor Gbeho said the family welcomed the progressive idea of naming the institution after Rawlings.
Rawlings’ widow, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, and the family “would have absolutely no objection if your university can achieve that,” he stated.
Gbeho made the disclosure when a delegation from the UDS led by its Vice-Chancellor, Prof Gabriel Ayum Teye visited the family of the late military ruler turned democrat to empathise with them.
Referring to the former president’s earlier rejection of the idea, Akufo-Addo said notwithstanding Rawlings’ sentiments, “it is my strong belief that such an honour should be accorded him.”
Rawlings was extremely instrumental in the establishment of UDS, Ghana’s first public university in the North in May 1992. He donated his $50,000 World Food prize as the seed money for its establishment.
The institution began work in September 1993 with the admission of 40 students into the Faculty of Agriculture, Nyankpala.
Rawlings died on November 12, 2020, at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, whilst receiving treatment after a short illness. He was 73.
Meanwhile, the presidential candidate of the National Democratic Party (NDP), Nana Konadu is not withdrawing from the December 7, 2020, presidential elections.
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