Manasseh Azure Awuni

Is Akufo-Addo under the spell of ‘Juju’– Manasseh asks

Investigative Journalist, Manasseh Azuri Awuni is questioning if President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is under the spell of voodoo known as ‘Juju’ in local parlance.

It is not clear if this question is related to renaming of the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR), Sunyani in the Bono Region after the late Prime Minister of the Second Republic, Professor Kofi Abrefa Busia.

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In a post on his Facebook page, the former Multimedia Journalist now in freelance asked “Obi ato Omanpanin aduro anaa?” to with is the President under the spell of ‘Juju’ in twi.

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He added “J.B. Danquah Republic of Ghana. Capital town, Kyebi”

Since the president announced the decision by the governing council to rename the university, there have been series of debates with sections arguing that he should start new universities and name them after these individuals if he is determined to honour them.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the 4th Congregation of the University in Sunyani on Saturday , August 10, 2019 was quoted to have said “Following the decision taken by the University’s Council on August 3, 2018, the university will be named after one of the illustrious sons of the region, Professor K.A Busia after the decision had received Parliamentary approval “, he stated amidst applause.

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This comes barely a month after a proposal for the renaming of the Navrongo campus of the University for Development Studies (UDS) after C. K. Tedam, the immediate past Chairman of the Council of Elders of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) who passed on recently.

At the beginning of this month, Parliament passed the University for Business and Integrated Development Studies Bill 2018.

The Bill proposed the name of the institution as S.D. Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Studies but members on the Majority side of Parliament disagreed.

The passage of the Bill will transform the existing campus of University of Development Studies (UDS) campus in Wa into a fully-fledged university as promised by the president in the run-up to the 2016 polls.

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