The University of Ghana, Legon, has named its Faculty of Law building in honour of Prof. J.E.A. Mills and a former Dean of the Faculty of Law, Prof. Akua Kuenyehia.
This is in recognition of the various contributions made by the two to the construction and completion of the Atta Mills/Akua Kuenyehia Law Building.
Prof. Mills, who worked for 25 years at the faculty, was instrumental in securing part of the initial funding for the construction of the building. As President of the Republic, he facilitated the completion of the building and the procurement of a generator and an elevator for the building.
For her part, Prof. Kuenyehia is credited with the vision of starting the Faculty of Law building. The construction of the building commenced during her tenure as dean and she successfully sourced for funds both locally and overseas for the project.
At the naming ceremony, the Dean of the Faculty of Law, Prof. Kofi Quashigah, said the building was named after a long brainstorming session.
Following that, he said, the agreement was that the building be named after two persons, the late president and the former dean.
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Prof. Ernest Aryeetey, said the law faculty building was one of the modern structures that could be found on the campus of the university.
He said the decision to name the building after the two personalities was 'to encourage academics to dream big and think far,' adding that as part of the 65th anniversary of the university, the authorities had decided to name all buildings that did not have names.
The two, he said, were being honoured for their vision and support for the growth of the Faculty of Law. He expressed the hope that it would inspire academics in the university to enhance the infrastructure on campus.
Family members of the two, Dr Cadman Mills, and Mr Nutifafa Kuenyehia, thanked the university for the honour done to the late Prof. Mills and Prof. Kuenyehia.
Mr Kueyenhia, who is the husband of Prof. Kuenyehia, noted that when she (Prof. Kuenyehia) embarked on the journey, she did not imagine that the building would be named after her.
'All we can say is glory be to God,' he added.
Dr Mills said of all the honour done the former president since his demise, what he (Prof. Mills) would have cherished most was putting his name on the building of the Faculty of Law.
That, he said, was because he spent some 25 years at the faculty and that 'this was in validation of his life.'
By Emmanuel Bonney/Ghana