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Fact-Check: Rex Omar’s claim that NDC built all public universities in Ghana except KNUST is inaccurate

Ghanaian musician and long time member of the National Democratic Congress NDC was a guest on popular Saturday night entertainment show United Showbiz on UTV and made some claims that our checks have revealed to be factually inaccurate.

THE CLAIM

Rex Omar when quizzed by the host, Nana Ama McBrown why he decided to join the NDC, responded by saying he made the choice because the NDC has led the infrastructural development agenda of the nation and that with the exception of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), all other public Universities were built by the NDC.

There are many parties in Ghana and I have joined NDC because it is the best to me….First and foremost, most of our development, Universities, all the public universities in Ghana apart from the ones Osafo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah built, the rest were built by NDC. No party has built any university in Ghana apart from NDC. it is on record, apart from “Tech” (KNUST) which was built by Kwame Nkrumah, all the public universities were built by NDC” he stressed.

THE FACTS

Rex Omar’s claim is factually inaccurate as there are public universities which predates the NDC as a party. Below are a few public universities which were not built by the NDC or Dr. Kwame Nkrumah

The University of Ghana

The University of Ghana is the oldest and largest of the thirteen Ghanaian national public universities. The University of Ghana is the oldest and largest of the thirteen Ghanaian national public universities. It was founded in 1948, in the British colony of the Gold Coast, as the University College of the Gold Coast, and was originally an affiliate college of the University of London, which supervised its academic programs and awarded degrees. After independence in 1957, the college was renamed the University College of Ghana. It changed its name again to the University of Ghana in 1961, when it gained full university status.

University Of Cape Coast

The University of Cape Coast is a public collegiate research university located in Cape Coast, Ghana. The university was established in 1962 out of a dire need for highly qualified and skilled manpower in education.

University of Professional Studies (Formerly IPS)

The university was founded in 1965 as a private professional business education tuition provider and was taken over by government in 1978 by the Institute of Professional Studies Decree, 1978 (SMCD 200). It was subsequently established as a tertiary institution with a mandate to provide tertiary and professional education in Accountancy, Management and other related areas of study by the Institute of Professional Studies Act, (Act 566), 1999.

Source: Ghanatribune.com

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