Prof. Marfo questions ‘common sense’ behind renaming UNER, UHAS, UPSA, UMAT

The head of the linguistics department of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Professor Charles Marfo has questioned the logic behind the proposed renaming of some four Public Universities as contained in the draft Public Universities Bill.

Speaking to host Julius Caesar Anadem on the Ultimate Breakfast Show, he insisted that the naming of the universities after stalwarts in Ghana’s history only tells of the usual Ghanaian culture of renaming things but beats the ‘common sense of economy of expression’.

Per the draft bill which has generated considerable backlash from the public University Fraternity, university of Mines and Technology will now be the George Grant University of Mines and Technology.

The University of Professional Studies will be christened Nana Opoku Ampomah University of Professional Studies

The University of Health and allied sciences in the Volta Region will also come under the name Komla Agbeli Gbedemah University of Health and Allied Sciences.

The university of energy and natural resources has also been pencilled to be renamed the Kofi Abrefa Busia University of Energy and Natural Resources.

Expressing some reservation with these elongated names; he explained, “We call something branding and for you to keep recollection and representation, we use acronyms and taglines SO that it is easier for people to recollect. Why do we call Kwame Nkrumah University Of Science and Technology, KNUST? It’s because we call something economy of expression and common sense tells you that reduce strength in saying it. That’s why people now will say dorm instead of Dormitories or Laboratory instead of lab and secretary without mentioning the real pronunciation. There is no need to lengthen things.”

He queried. “Imagine an F.F. Kennedy Massachusetts Institute of Technology or a George Bush Harvard University? It is not smart.”

Professor Charles Marfo insisted that monuments and facilities in the universities could have rather been named after these states men without necessarily altering the names of these universities which have become their brand representation.

By:Ghana/ Heathcote – Fumador