The Ghana National Union of Technical Students (GNUTS) has described the passing away of an Elder Statesman, Founder of the Fourth Republic, and a former President of Ghana, Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings as devastating and tragic.
GNUTS in a tribute signed by Ms. Deborah Asante-Aboagye, the Union President said: the efforts of Former President Jerry John Rawlings in the conversion of Technical Institutes across the country into Polytechnics in his bid to promote and sustain Polytechnic/Vocational Education, now Technical Universities will be forever remembered. Posterity will be glad for this great sacrifice.
Asante-Aboagye in an exclusive conversation with TheHawkNewspaper.Com said: “Jerry John Rawlings was a democrat, socialist, consummate defender of the poor, advocate of social and economic justice, promoter of human rights, liberty, and dignity and, above all, a very good man.
According to Deborah, the late elder statesman was a man of steely resolve on principles, yet soft to the core in relations with people.
Commiserating with the deceased family, the Military High Command, the National Democratic Congress, the people of Ghana, and their Government on the irreparable loss, the first female president of GNUTS prayed that God will forgive his shortcomings and grant him a beautiful abode, and comfort his family, friends, and associates.
On his part, Bright Kojo Gborsongu, a member of the Advisory Board of GNUTS disclosed that “ John Rawlings reflected the passion and vigor that heralded Ghana’s Fourth Republic, which steadily translated into activism for return to democracy at the height of military interregnum and has remained steadfast in the call for good and inclusive governance.
He said, the former President left a bold footprint on Ghana’s democracy, and his role in promoting good governance and development will always be remembered and appreciated by posterity.