The National Democratic Congress (NDC) say the death of their founder, FLT. LT Jerry John Rawlings (RTD) and former president of Ghana is difficult to bear.
Delivering his tribute at the final funeral rite of Mr Rawlings at the Black Star square in Accra on Wednesday, 27 January 2021, former General Secretary of the NDC, Alhaji Hudu Yahaya, eulogised him as a strong man who stood for the interest of the ordinary Ghanaian.
He said the NDC found it difficult to bear death of the longest-serving president of Ghana, stating that Rawlings had the interest of the people at heart.
“He [rawlings] hated exploitation of ordinary people by people who are powerful,” Alhaji Yahaya noted and assured that the NDC will continue to honour his legacies.
Meanwhile, President Nana Akufo-Addo has announced that the government will go ahead to name the University for Development Studies (UDS) the late former President Jerry John Rawlings, contrary to his wishes to name monuments after him.
Mr Rawlings while alive declined the offer to have the UDS re-named after him.
But delivering his tribute at the final funeral rite of Mr Rawlings, President Akufo-Addo insisted that Mr Rawlings deserves such an honour despite his reservation.
He said Mr Rawlings’ family had agreed to his proposal and the necessary formalities will be carried out to name the university after Ghana’s longest serving head of state.
Nana Akufo-Addo said: “Whilst he was with us, he, respectfully, declined an offer I made to him, in 2017, to have the University of Development Studies, Tamale, (UDS), which he, personally, helped establish, named after him.