President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says the contributions of Jospeh Boakye Danquah to the establishment of Ghana’s premier university qualifies him as its founder.
According to the president, it was the inspired, visionary leadership of Dr JB Danquah that enabled Ghanaians to reject the original decision of the colonial government that a single university be established in Ibadan, in Nigeria, for British West Africa.
He continued it was Dr Danquah, affectionately referred to as the Doyen of Gold Coast politics, who got the colonial government to agree to the establishment of a separate university for Ghana.
President Akufo-Addo recalled all these on Monday when he went to the university to launch the University of Ghana Endowment Fund.
The Fund is meant to provide additional funding and resources to enable the University improve upon the delivery on its mandate.
The launch of the Fund is part of activities marking the 70th anniversary of the university, popularly known as Legon.
The president said the efforts of Dr JB Danquah to the establishment of the university are inestimable.
“It would be wholly appropriate and not at all farfetched to describe Joseph Boakye Danquah as the founder of this University, a fact, which, on the 70th anniversary of its existence, should be vividly recalled by all of us who are the beneficiaries of his work.”
He was also full of praise for the achievements of the university, coincidentally his alma mater, mentioning how it has produced four out of the five presidents of the Fourth Republic.