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Mahama Promises to Restore Original Names of Renamed Universities

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The National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama, has pledged to reverse the names of public universities in Ghana that have been renamed by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo if re-elected as president in the upcoming 2024 polls.

President Akufo-Addo made the decision to rename some public universities shortly after assuming office, a move that has since received mixed reactions from the public.

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One such example is the University for Development Studies (UDS), Wa campus, which was renamed as the Simon Diedong Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Studies (SDD-UBIDS), in honor of the late politician SD Dombo, who hailed from the United Party tradition.

Another university affected was the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), which was renamed the George Grant University of Mines and Technology.

However, Mahama believes that these name changes were unnecessary and intends to reverse them to their original designations if he takes office.

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Addressing party supporters, chiefs, and students at Zuarungu in the Upper East Region, the NDC flagbearer criticized the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government for renaming universities established by the NDC after their own political figures.

He questioned the motives behind the renaming, particularly as the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has not constructed any universities of its own.

“We are known as nation builders because of the number of schools we have built. Every public university was initiated and built by us. All the NPP knows how to do is name universities that people have built. After NDC builds a university, then they will give it the name of one of their heroes or people. We are going to rename the universities. Ghana has many heroes, and not only the heroes of the NPP tradition”

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Mr. Mahama stressed the importance of naming university facilities such as libraries, hostels, and administration blocks in a way that reflects their core mandate.

 “We can name an administration block, hostel, and library after somebody. But the university must reflect its core mandate”  

The former president emphasized that under his leadership, universities would be returned to their original names to reflect their primary functions

Some of the Universities Renamed by President Nana Akufo-Addo
  • UPSA – Nana Ampomah UPS
  • UDS Navrongo = CK Tedam University for Technical and Applied Sciences
  • UDS Wa = Simon Diedong Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Studies
  • Ho Technical University = Ephraim Amu Technical University
  • UENR = Dr. Busia University of Energy and Natural Resources
  • UEW Kumasi = Akenten Appiah Menka University of Skills and Entrepreneurial Development
  • UHAS = Komla Gbedemah UHAS
  • UMAT = George Grant UMAT (named after Paa Grant)

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