- Haruna Atta has described President Akufo-Addo’s recent speech at the UCC as vicious
- He marked it D
- The former ambassador further accused the president of being a hater
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Ghana’s former Ambassador to Namibia, Alhaji Haruna Atta, has graded the speech delivered by President Akufo-Addo at the University of Cape Coast (UCC) during the conferment of an honorary Doctor on him a ‘D’.
UCC conferred on the president an honorary Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership degree at a special congregation held in his honour last month.
The highest given by the University, the honorary degree was in recognition of the president’s enormous contribution to education in the country.
President Akufo-Addo is the second President of Ghana after former President John Agyekum Kufuor, and the 40th outstanding personality to receive an honorary degree from the UCC.
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In an article titled: Sacrificing academic independence: The complicity of UCC, the former editor of the Accra Daily Mail said he would mark the president’s speech during the ceremony ‘D’.
“It was nothing but a rehash of his pet hates, boastfulness, divisiveness, vindictiveness, and really nothing more,” he added.
Alhaji Haruna Atta, who was appointed Ambassador to Namibia under the previous NDC administration of John Dramani Mahama further observed that the speech was a partisan party-political broadcast delivered from an academic platform.
“It, therefore, lacked the kind of gravitas and restraint expected of an occasion like the investiture of an honorary degree. It sounded like the piteous whine of a juvenile afraid of losing some fanciful but useless object or even more ominously like the Gollum’s lascivious yearning for the accursed ring in Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings,” he stated.
In other news, an 18-year-old student of the St. Paul’s Technical School in Akyem Kukurantumi has died in a gory accident.
A school bus ran over Sadick Abubakar while returning to Akyem Maase, YEN.com.gh gathered.
Citing an eyewitness, Starrfm.com.gh reported that Abubakar was riding a motorbike when a taxi cab suddenly stops in front of the Osiem new lorry station.
The occupant of the cab opened the taxi door which Abubakar rammed into and crushed onto the road, falling in front of the oncoming Kibi Secondary Technical School bus.
After participating in the National Science and Maths Quiz competition, the bus transporting students back to campus ran over him and the motorbike, killing him instantly.
Abubakar’s body has been deposited at a morgue in the area, pending an investigation into the incident by the police, Starrfm.com.gh reported.