Former President Jerry John Rawlings has complained about Ghana’s naming of roads as he reveals is an honour that must be given to persons who are worthy of it.
Speaking at the 41st-anniversary of the June 4, 1979 uprising, he said some Accra roads have been named after ‘undeserving’ persons who haven’t done much for the country.
“National monuments, groups, events, institutions and important state assets are labelled after some deserving individuals to inspire and direct subsequent generations on the good path they must emulate namely: courage, the spirit of patriotism, resilience and integrity. In some instances, it serves as a crucial reminder for history’s defining moments”.
“In Ghana, these actions that subtly influence us are sometimes taken for granted”, he told the virtual durbar in Accra.
“Unsurprisingly, some important roads in Accra have been named after undeserving personalities”, Mr Rawlings bemoaned.
He however failed to mention some of these roads saying, “such actions are a spite on the Ghana Armed Forces and an affront to many.”
“There are many distinguished African figures such as our own General Akuffo, Commodore Boakye, Admiral Amedume, Colonel Mensah Gbedemah, General Erskine, General Nunoo-Mensah, General Arnold Quainoo, Commodore Boakye, Brigadier Alphonse Kojo Kattah, Ayikwei Armah, Nigeria’s Wole Soyinka and Chinua Achebe and a couple more who merit such honour,” the former President mentioned.
“In like manner, another administration desecrated the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and rendered it a sheer family cemetery”, he intimated.