President Akufo-Addo has announced that the Wa Polytechnic will be named after Ghana’s former President, Dr. Hilla Liman.
The polytechnic, which is in the process of being re-branded as a Technical University, will be known as the Hilla Limann Polytechnic, after Parliament’s approval of the proposal.
The late President hails from Gwolu in the Upper West Region.
The President, who made this known at the 20th anniversary celebration in remembrance of Dr. Hilla Limann at the Accra International Conference Centre, said the decision was taken after the school’s governing Council made the recommendation.
The President also pointed out that, the new name will reflect after the school is converted into a technical university.
“The governing Council of Wa Polytechnic in the Upper West Region, in its meeting on 18th January unanimously proposed to the dynamic Minister for Education that the institution should be renamed after Dr. Hilla Limann. The Minister has sought my view on this, and I have indicated to him my happy agreement to this proposal. Once the parliamentary process has been completed, the Wa polytechnic will henceforth be called the Hilla Limann Polytechnic. The name will remain with the conversion of the polytechnic into a technical university,” said the President.
UMaT renamed George Grant University of Mines and Technology
This comes days after the President similarly renamed the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), after the first President of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC), George Grant.
The Tarkwa-based tertiary institution was renamed on Friday, January 12, 2018, at a special congregation held at the school to install former President John Kufuor as its Chancellor.
About Dr. Limann
Hilla Limann was the President of Ghana from 24 September 1979 to 31 December 1981.
Following the 1979 coup led by Jerry Rawlings, Limann, was elected President on the People’s National Party ticket.
He was deposed in a coup by Rawlings on 31 December 1981. He thus was the only president of Ghana’s third republic.
In 1992, at the end of the PNDC military rule that overthrew him, Dr. Limann once again found himself involved in politics and stood as the candidate of the People’s National Convention in the presidential election that year.
He received 6.7% of the popular vote in the elections, coming third. He remained active among the Nkrumahist political movement in Ghana while supporting democratic values and Pan-Africanism.
Born on 12 December 1934, he died of natural causes on 23 January 1998.
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