President Nana Akufo-Addo has petitioned that the University of Development Studies (UDS) be named after the late former President Jerry John Rawlings.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony at UDS over the weekend, the president said JJ Rawlings deserves to be remembered for his role in establishing the university.
Former President Rawlings played a crucial role in the establishment of the school when he used his prize money from World Food Prize of $50,000 as seed money for its foundation.
Nana Akufo-Addo stated that he had earlier approached the former President with the same idea but he declined the offer for the tertiary institute to be named after him.
“He respectfully declined the honour and offer because of his principle not to have national monuments and facilities named after him.”
“Notwithstanding these sentiments and with all due respect to him, it is my strong belief that such an honour should be accorded him,” he said.
The University of Development Studies was said to have conferred a doctorate degree on the retired military leader in October 2013 for his contribution towards the growth of the institute.