President Nana Akufo-Addo has emphasized the part played in the foundation of the University of Ghana by Joseph Boakye Danquah, a former presidential candidate in 1960.
In a speech during the institution’s 75th Thanksgiving Service, the president expressed his certainty that JB Danquah’s efforts to promote the founding of the university will be remembered positively by history.
President Akufo-Addo emphasized in his speech how Joseph Boakye Danquah’s dedication to seeing that Ghana had its own university led to the establishment of the University of Ghana.
He said that his forward-thinking work included opposing the British suggestion for Nigeria to host the sole university in West Africa. In its place, he organized Ghanaians to back the creation of their own institution.
Given the historical significance of his accomplishments, President Akufo-Addo added that Joseph Boakye Danquah’s legacy would even call for consideration of renaming the University of Ghana in his honor.
He mentioned, “Indeed, in many other jurisdictions where there is less heat in their politics and more attachment to the fact of historical record, it would not have been out of place to have this university named after him. Who knows, one day it may well happen.”
The University of Ghana celebrated its diamond jubilee, and President Akufo-Addo praised its contribution to the growth of the country.
“It will be wholly appropriate and not at all far-fetched to describe Joseph Boakye Danquah as the founder of this university [the University of Ghana], a fact that, on the 75th anniversary of its existence, should be vividly recalled by all of us who are being and are the beneficiaries of his work,” he said.
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