General News of Friday, 26 July 2013
Former member of parliament for the Asokwa constituency , Maxwell Kofi Jumah is questioning the rationale behind the re-naming of the National Hockey Pitch by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly(AMA).
The AMA on July 24, changed the name in honour of the late president John Evans Atta Mills and to commemorate his year passing on.
According to the assembly, the stadium will now be known as the John Evans Atta Mills Hockey stadium in honour of the late president’s contribution to hockey in the country.
But many have disagreed with the change of name because the facility has already been named after Madam Theodosia Okoh, designer of Ghana’s national flag.
Speaking on Accra based *Montie fm’s *political talk show* PAMPASO* * *on Thursday, Mr. Jumah insisted that club beer, a drink produced by Accra Brewery Company should rather be named after the late president since he was an ardent consumer of the product and not the national hockey stadium which has already been named after another illustrious daughter of the land.
‘’ Prof was a consumer of club beer when he was alive, why don’t you name the product after him’’….. he quizzed.
He says he finds it difficult to understand why the AMA and some government functionaries could take such a decision at a such a time.
‘’Oko Vanderpuije and some followers of prof. Mills are making people loose respect and love for him. Why do they have to scrap somebody’s honour in favour of another person. This is not done anywhere. I don’t see any sense in this decision’’, he said.
‘’If they want to honour prof. Mills, they should also construct something and name it after him or name his favourate drink(club beer), after him’’.