President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has hinted at the renaming of the University of Ghana when he credited his uncle Dr Joseph Boakye Danquah as the school’s founder.
He said the country would not have had the occasion to pride itself on having an institution of higher learning had it not been the activism of the founding member of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC).
University of Ghana, formerly University College of the Gold Coast, was founded in 1948 following the recommendation of the West African Commission of the Asquith Commission on Higher Education in the colonies.
Earlier, there was a recommendation that only one university college should be established in the whole of British West Africa to be located in Nigeria but the people of Gold Coast led by Dr J. B. Danquah rejected it.
The Commission was later to recommend a separate university college modelled after University of London to be set up in Gold Coast now Ghana.
It was rumoured early this year that the governing New Patriotic Party, which owes its existence to the UGCC, is planning to rename the school after Dr Danquah.
Speaking at the launch of the university’s Endowment Fund as part of its 70-th-Anniversary Tuesday, president Akufo-Addo said his uncle’s action led to the setting up of the school.
“How felicitous was that decision and how great it has contributed to the growth of modern Ghana, it will be wholly appropriate and not at all far-fetched to describe Joseph Boakye Danquah as the founder of this University,” he said.
The president later lauded the school for producing first class graduates and three of the country’s five presidents.
“Forgive me for rubbing it in, but three of the five presidents elected in this republic have been produced here…the university continues to be a proud pacesetter mentoring and nurturing several higher institutions and think tanks in the country,” he added.