-The funeral arrangement of Rawlings has been deferred indefinitely
-This follows the rejection of the Wednesday, December 23, 2020 date announced last month by the Anlo Traditional Council
- Rawlings died after a short illness at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital
Scheduled to take place on Wednesday, December 23, 2020, the funeral rites of late former president Jerry John Rawlings has been postponed indefinitely.
“The inconvenience to all who had made prior arrangements for the funeral ceremony is deeply regretted,” the office of the former president announced in a statement dated Thursday, December 17, 2020.
According to the statement sighted by YEN.com.gh, a new date will be announced in due course.
The initial date announced for the funeral rites angered the Anlo Traditional Council of the Volta region.
The council expressed outrage over what it said was disrespect shown to the culture, mores, and tradition of the anlo people in the release of the late president’s funeral arrangement.
Born on June 22, 1947, Rawlings was 73 years old when he passed away. He died on November 12, 2020, at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, whilst receiving treatment after a short illness.
Meanwhile, the campaign to have the University of Development Studies (UDS) named after him, had been given a major boost after his family expressed support for the idea.
Rawlings’ widow, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, and the family “would have absolutely no objection if your university can achieve that,” former diplomat and member of the family, Victor Gbeho said.
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.
In a separate development, the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has said no amount of “whining” can change President Nana Akufo-Addo’s victory in the just-ended general election.
The general secretary of the NPP, John Boadu, said the president emphatically won the election. The votes difference between the two candidates is 517, 231 with four percentage points, one of the highest since 1996.
According to Boadu, Ghanaians are at a loss as to how a vote difference of 517,231 can be deemed contentious.
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