Rawlings to be laid-in-state from January 24

Rawlings to be laid-in-state from January 24

-Former President JJ Rawlings died on November 12, 2020

-He was 73

-After a series of cancelation of his funeral arrangements, he will finally be buried on January 27

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Jerry John Rawlings, Ghana’s former late president, will be laid in state from January 24 to January 26, 2021, YEN.com.gh can reliably report.

Rawlings died on November 12, 2020, at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, whilst receiving treatment after a short illness.

He was 73.

Rawlings to be laid in state from January 24

Rawlings to be laid in state from January 24
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He will be laid in state at the foyer of the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. It will then be followed by mass on January 26, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Holy Spirit Cathedral, Accra.

The burial service will be on January 27, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Independence Square, Accra,” a circular from the Foreign Affairs Ministry said.

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Rawlings’ funeral rites were initially scheduled to take place on Wednesday, December 23, 2020.

It was, however, indefinitely postponed following the expression of outrage by the Anlo Traditional Council of the Volta Region 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.

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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.

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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.

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