The president of Ghana made a public declaration that the University of Development Studies (UDS) will be named after the late former president Mr. Jerry John Rawlings despite his reservations.
He made this announcement in a tribute at the final funeral rites of Mr. Rawlings at the Black Stars Square in Accra on Wednesday, 27th January, 2020; President Nana Addo insisted he deserves such an honour.
The late President rejected the offer when it was first made by Mr Akufo-Addo in respect of his long-standing principle not to have state monument named after him. However, following his death, the President said he is convinced the university, which Mr Rawlings personally provided seed money for, needs to be named after him.
“Whilst he was with us, he, respectfully, declined an offer I made to him, in 2017, to have the University of Development Studies, Tamale, (UDS), which he, personally, helped establish, named after him. His reason was that, in adhering to a long-standing principle, he did not want to have any national monument or facility named after him. Two days after his passing, at the 21st Congregation of UDS, I expressed my strongest convictions, in spite of his reservations, that such an honour should be accorded him”, the president said.
“I am glad that this has found favour with his family, and the necessary formalities will be carried out to achieve this, i.e. The Jerry John Rawlings University of Development Studies, Tamale,” he continued.