Social Media went haywire after news went round that the University of Energy and Natural Resources in the Bono Region will be renamed after Ghana’s Prime Minister from 1969 to 1972, Kofi Abrefa Busia.
The announcement came after the University councils renamed the Navrongo campus of the University of Development Studies after C.K. Tedam and the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) renamed George Grant University of Mines and Technology.
In an interview monitored by The Ghana Report, Nana Frema Busia, daughter of K. A Busia called on the government to rather rename the University of Ghana after her father, a proposal that did not sit well with a lot of people especially alumina’s of the University.
Some public universities have been earmarked to be renamed after some key personalities who played diverse roles in Ghana’s development process, this decision has generated a lot of controversy on social media and mainstream media with many asking the government to focus on improving public education instead.
A new social media challenge has sprung up from this whole exercise with a satiric twist to it dubbed, ‘the renaming challenge’.
Many social media users take pictures of state institutions especially those in deplorable states and rename them after government officials.
This school was previously called Nkpani D/A Primary School located in Krachi Nchumuru but because of the great works of our Minister for Education we name this centre after him.— Smith_Lewis (@Smith_Lewis20) August 11, 2019
Thank you Mr. Minister for supervising implementation of the Free SHS.#RenamingChallenge pic.twitter.com/zOqOkpfKnH
In the spirit of renaming, we have named the road leading this neighborhood the Osafo Marfo Highway.#RenamingChallenge #Ghana— @MacJordan ???????????????? (@MacJordaN) August 12, 2019
Please feel free to rename very "good" infrastructure after prominent people. They are awesome people. pic.twitter.com/tDnKk9h2r2