Daughter of Ghana’s first President Dr. Kwame Nkrumah has described as a misplaced priority the practice by the government to rename public institutions after former politicians.
In an interview on Joy News monitored by My News Ghana, Samia Yaba Christina Nkrumahdaughter of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah suggested that politicians should rather focus on addressing pertinent problems facing citizens.
Her comments come on the back of concerns raised by some Ghanaians over the recent renaming of the University of Development Studies by government. Many Ghanaians have also reacted to the recent name change of some tertiary institutions which have been named after Politicians and founding members of modern-day Ghana.
“If I were in government I wouldn’t rename institutions. I would make sure that I’m addressing problems and needs of the people and God knows they are plenty.”
President Akufo Addo recently renamed the Wa Campus of the University of Development Studies (UDS) after Simon D. Dombo and the Navorongo Campus after C.K Tedem, both stalwarts of the Danquah-Busia-Dombo political tradition.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) government majority in Parliament used their numbers to win the vote to have the names of the two institutions changed last week, as the Minority protested that the name change had been brought in through the “back door.”
But the Education Minister, Matthew Opoku Prempeh justified the name change.
“When you talk about stakeholders, the University Council approved. It is the University Council that nominates institutions’ [names],” he said.
Dr. Opoku Prempeh also reminded that previous name changes have been done without consultation.
“For the Thomas Sankara interchange, what was the consultation that was done for that? What consultation was done before KNUST was named after Kwame Nkrumah?”