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I Will Restore the Original Names of Universities Renamed by Akufo-Addo – Mahama

If President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is reelected in the 2024 elections, John Dramani Mahama, the leader of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), has pledged to change the names that she granted several public universities in the nation.

When the President took office, he renamed a few state universities.

For example, the SD Dombo [Simon Diedong Dombo] campus of the University for Development Studies (UDS), Wa was named after the United Party politician.

The university is now known as the C.K. Tedam University of Technology and Applied Sciences (CKT-UTAS) in the Upper East Region and the Simon Diedong Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Studies (SDD-UBIDS) in the Upper West Region.

The University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) was renamed the George Grant University of Mines and Technology by President Akufo-Addo in 2018.

I Will Restore the Original Names of Universities Renamed by Akufo-Addo – Mahama

At Zuarungu in the Upper East Region, the NDC flagbearer addressed party members, chiefs, and students. He took aim at the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government for renaming universities that the NDC government had built after their heroes.

He questioned why the country’s universities continued changing names under the NPP administration, which hasn’t constructed any new ones.

Mr. Mahama insisted that the titles of public universities should represent their fundamental mission and underlined the necessity of renaming administration buildings, libraries, and hostels after specific individuals.

“We are known as nation builders because of the number of schools we have built. Every public university was initiated and built by us. All the NPP knows how to do is name universities that people have built. After NDC builds a university, then they will give it the name of one of their heroes or people. We are going to rename the universities. Ghana has many heroes, and not only the heroes of the NPP tradition.

He emphasized, “We can name an administration block, hostel, and library after somebody. But the university must reflect its core mandate. And so we will restore the original names, and the names that they have given them will be given to significant infrastructure in the universities. And we will add other people and name the infrastructure in the universities after them. But if the university is the University for Development Studies, that is its core mandate. It will be called the University for Development Studies.”

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