The Founding Vice Chancellor of the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS), Professor Fred Newton Binka, has again called on the government to rename the institution after late President Professor John Evans Atta Mills.
He made the call at this year’s John Evans Atta Mills Memorial Lecture for the Volta and Oti regions held at the UHAS main campus at Sokode-Etoe, near Ho, last Thursday.
The theme was “The Man John Evan Atta Mills- Ten Years on.”
Prof. Binka, who made the keynote presentation, said the legacy of the late professor was so critical and important in today’s Ghana, and worldwide, as far as the virtues of integrity, honesty and trust of a leader were concerned.
He said the former President demonstrated competent leadership when it mattered most, and the moral courage to address serious challenges that undermined state organisations.
Prof. Binka described the late President as an academic par excellence who made great contributions to the legal profession through his scholarly work at the University of Ghana and several universities in Europe and the USA.
“Given the mantle of leadership of Ghana, he decided to change the course of the development of universities in Ghana by establishing universities with very clear mandates.
“In this instance; the University of Health and Allied Sciences in the Volta Region and the University of Energy and Natural Resources in the then Brong Ahafo Region,” Prof. Binka said.
Apart from those achievements, the founding Vice Chancellor of UHAS paid tribute to the late Prof. Mills as a great leader who wore his Christian faith as a badge of honour and treated everybody as the creation of God.