A former National Democratic Congress(NDC) Member of Parliament (MP) for the Chiana-Paga Constituency Rudolf Amenga-Etego has wondered why national assets and monuments such as the International Airport has been named after coup plotters, arguing that no such asset or monument should be named after anyone who has staged a coup in the country going forward. For Mr Amenga-Etego, not even the founder of the NDC, Jerry John Rawlings, deserves to have any asset or monument named after him.
He wondered why successive ‘Nkrumahist’ Governments failed to rename Ghana’s International Airport which has been named after General Emmanuel Kotoka, the soldier who, together with others, overthrew the constitutional Government of Dr Kwame Nkrumah. He wondered why Ghana celebrates and honours these coup plotters, whom he referred to as traitors.
“Can anyone explain to me why Dr Limann, Prof Atta Mills and Mr John Mahama failed to rename Ghana’s international airport? How can Kotoka be the guardian of our international gateway? Who/what stopped them? We celebrate and honour traitors and expect our children to be patriotic?” He quizzed on social media.
He then went on to suggest that legislation be made against naming national assets and monuments after coup plotters, insisting such a thing is necessary in instilling patriotism in the Ghanaian, adding that the law will ensure that supporters of General Kotoka have no way of having his name named after national assets or monuments.
” The Kotokaists[ supporters of Gen. Kotoka] have strong influence in the dominant parties of our republic but it is time a movement evolves to tackle that issue.
If I have my own way there should be a legislation against naming any national asset or monument after anybody who assumes power through a military coup including my own party founder JJ Rawlings. It is not to hurt anybody… it is simply necessary that we draw red lines on some matters going forward as a nation. In the life of nations, we are still relatively young. It is not too late to do that,” he explained.
In 1966, General Emmanuel Kotoka, working in concert with others, overthrew Ghana’s first President Kwame Nkrumah. While people like Rudolf Amenga-Etego, argue that naming the international airport after him is wrong, others have argued that history teaches both good and bad things and so his naming is to remind Ghanaians of its ills of the past so that such acts can be avoided by future generations.