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Public Uni Bill: Rawlings rejects offer to rename UDS after him

By Justice Kofi Bimpeh
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J.J. Rawlings

Former President Jerry John Rawlings has rejected an offer by the Education Ministry to rename the University of Development Studies (UDS) after him.

In a statement signed and issued on Tuesday April 9 by Kobina Andoh Amoakwa from the Communications Directorate of the former President's office, Mr Rawlings stated he has taken notice of publications in the media on a proposed Universities Bill to be submitted to Parliament which some Universities in the country will be renamed after some prominent people in Ghana including him.

"The former President has taken particular note of the plan to re-name four universities after eminent Ghanaian personalities, including the naming of the University of Development Studies (UDS) after him," the statement said.

"When the proposal for the naming of the UDS was first brought to the former President’s attention by the Education Minister in 2017, he thanked the President and the government for the honour, but politely declined the offer because he had a long-standing principle not to have national monuments and facilities named after him."

"Indeed in November 2015 when the then government of the day offered to name the Offshore Cape Three Points Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel after him he turned down the offer as well," it added.

It said Mr. Rawlings has since the publication of the details of the new bill to be tabled to Parliament written to the Minister of Education to reiterate his position and kindly requested that the re-naming of UDS after him be withdrawn from the Draft Bill to be submitted to Parliament.

Below is a full copy of the press statement

PRESS RELEASE

April 9, 2019

RE: UDS TO BE NAMED AFTER RAWLINGS



Former President Jerry John Rawlings has taken note of publications in the media on a proposed Universities Bill to be submitted to Parliament.

The former President has taken particular note of the plan to re-name four universities after eminent Ghanaian personalities, including the naming of the University of Development Studies (UDS) after him.

When the proposal for the naming of the UDS was first brought to the former President’s attention by the Education Minister in 2017, he thanked the President and the government for the honour, but politely declined the offer because he had a long-standing principle not to have national monuments and facilities named after him.

Indeed in November 2015 when the then government of the day offered to name the Offshore Cape Three Points Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel after him he turned down the offer as well.

The former President has since the publication of the details of the new bill to be tabled to Parliament written to the Minister of Education to reiterate his position and kindly requested that the re-naming of UDS after him be withdrawn from the Draft Bill to be submitted to Parliament.

The former President once again thanks to the President and all those who in diverse ways are keen on recognizing his contribution to the development of Education in the country.

Issued By:

Kobina Andoh Amoakwa
(Communications Directorate)

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