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“Did NDC really build all Public Universities? Koku Anyidoho questions Mahama

Former Deputy General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Koku Anyidoho, questions the assertion made by former President John Dramani Mahama that the NDC constructed all public universities.

Former President Mahama contends that the NDC initiated and built each public university, accusing the New Patriotic Party (NPP) of merely renaming them.

In contrast to the NPP, Mahama emphasizes the NDC’s reputation for nation-building, particularly through the provision of infrastructure.

“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.

Following the construction of a university by the NDC, they subsequently name it after one of their revered figures. We plan to rename these universities, recognizing not only the heroes from the NPP tradition but also those from various facets of Ghanaian history.

“We can name an administration block, hostel, and library after somebody. But the university must reflect its core mandate. And so we will restore the original names, and the names that they have given them will be given to significant infrastructure in the universities.

“And we will add other people and name the infrastructure in the universities after them. But if the university is the University for Development Studies, that is its core mandate. It will be called the University for Development Studies,” the flagbearer of the NDC said while addressing party supporters, chiefs, and students at Zuarungu in the Upper East Region.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is remembered for renaming the Wa campus of the University for Development Studies (UDS) after Simon Diedong (SD) Dombo, a politician affiliated with the United Party tradition.

In a statement on his X platform, Mr. Anyidoho, a former presidential spokesperson during the Mills’ administration, mentioned:

“Did NDC really build all Public Universities? Prez Rawlings established UDS, President Mills established, UHAS, Volta, UNER, B/A, USD Eastern. Which one did [Mahama] establish? Rather he created a green book and sought to appropriate all projects of Prez Mills.”

He added “24hr economy to be used for honeymoon and University name change – not for, Creating Jobs, Investing in People, Expanding Infrastructure, Governing in an Open, Honest & Transparent manner. Obviously, [John Mahama] never believed in the Better Ghana Agenda of Prez Mills. God save Ghana.”

“How does the changing of names of universities solve the graduate unemployment and change the economic situation of Ghana? Isn’t it a continuation of the endless drab cycle of ‘do me I do you’ politics which sinks the nation deeper into the throes of gross mediocrity?

“If you name UHAS, Atta-Mills University for Health and Allied Sciences, how does that affect its core mandate? Honestly, if I was President Akufo-Addo, after building Asomdwe Park, I would name UHAS after Atta-Mills and see if [Mahama] would dare say he would change that one too.”

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