Former President Jerry John Rawlings in a statement he posted on Facebook, has asked the Ministry of Education to withdraw the clause that seeks to rename the University of Development Studies after him in the new university bill which is yet to be sent to parliament for approval.
The former president also stated in the statement that in 2017 when the proposal for renaming the university after him was brought to his attention by the Education Minister, he declined the offer because he had a long-standing principle not to have national monuments and facilities named after him.
However, the position of the former president not to have any national monument or facility named after him has come as a shock to many. The reason is that currently, there are places that have been named after him.
The Rawlings Park in Accra and Rawlings circle in Madina are all named after him.
So would the former president call for his name to be taken of these places?
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