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General News Wed, 7 Aug 2019

Dr Apaak viciously fires Akufo-Addo over ‘rambo-style’ renaming of universities

Opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Dr. Clement Apaak has viciously slammed President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government over the renaming of some public tertiary institution in the country.

According to Dr Appak who is also the Deputy Ranking Member on the Education Committee in Parliament the process used by the government to rename some public universities in the country are inappropriate.

He explained that there is lack of broader consultation in renaming some of these institutions and this could cause future problems.

Recently, President Akufo-Addo 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.

Both institutions had also been made autonomous prior to their renaming.

The Minority MPs who were against the name changed refused to vote allowing the Majority to have their way after a majority vote in parliament on Thursday, 1 August 2019.

But Dr. Clement Apaak is of the view taht these recent actions of government are an affront to education in Ghana as a broader consultation would have enabled a peaceful consensus on the matter.

“This was not part of the original bill. Because of the way it was done, these things can be done by consensus; [for the school] to be named after Dombo. It could have been done in a neater way that will illicit support from all of us but when you do this Rambo style [renaming] [because] you have the numbers so you can do what we want, [it’s not appropriate].

Source: ghanaguardian.com