President Nana Akufo-Addo

Plans by government to re-name the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) after the country’s Second Republic Prime Minister, Dr Abrefa Busia, has been met with fierce criticism from a section of Ghanaians.

Social media is awash with sarcastic comments by Ghanaians, some suggesting many more schools will be renamed.

President Akufo-Addo over the weekend disclosed the decision by the Governing Council of the University when he attended a graduation ceremony there.

“The decision is an excellent one, which will receive the blessing of the President of the Republic, so that, once the parliamentary process has been completed,” he said.

President of IMANI Africa, Franklin Cudjoe and US-based Ghanaian lawyer, Kwaku Asare, popularly known as Kweku Azar, have joined in the commentary while the Minority in Parliament has condemned the move.

The University is the third to be named after individuals known to belong to the United Party/Dombo tradition from which the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) was borne.

This comes after the University of Development Studies’ Wa Campus was renamed after NPP’s founding member, S. D. Dombo recently.

Also, a bill to rename the Navorongo campus after the late C. K. Tedam who was the Chairman of Council of Elders of the party is currently before Parliament.

The University of Mines and Technology has been renamed after a founder and the first president of the United Gold Coast Convention, Paa Grant.

And now, President Akufo-Addo says he is happy about the re-naming of University of Energy and National Resources.

These developments have gotten social media talking.

Law Professor, Kwaku Asare, is calling for a policy on which institutions in the country can be re-named but says universities should not be included.

He says the country is becoming more and more divided over nothing and there is a need for consensus.

Oh his part, the President of IMANI Africa, described the move as a one-sided political decision.

Franklin Cudjoe says although Dr Busia is a fine academic, the connection between him and the University of Energy and Natural Resources is a rather long shot.

Meanwhile, Minority spokesperson on Education, Peter Nortsu says they will resist the plan when it comes to Parliament for approval.


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