UCC indefinitely postpones Atta Mills lectures due to COVID-19

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The management of the University of Cape Coast has indefinitely postponed this year’s Professor John Evans Atta Mills Commemorative Lecture, citing the restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, which bars large gatherings.

According to a press release signed by the Deputy Registrar of the University, Major(rtd) Kofi Baah-Bentum, the university took the decision to put the lecture on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions but will hold if things normalise.

The Professor John Evans Atta Mills Commemorative Lecture is held annually in remembrance of former President Atta Mills who died while serving as President of the republic.

The University of Cape Coast and the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration take turns to host the event on their campuses. And this year, which marks the eighth anniversary of the death of Prof Atta Mills, the event was to be hosted this month by the University of Cape Coast.

Some Ghanaians have not taken kindly to the decision to put the event on hold, arguing that hundreds of final year students of the University are on campus and having all sorts of activities which get them to gather, and that the event could be held in line with the guidelines on gatherings outlined by the government.

“The University of Cape Coast has all final year students on campus in the middle of a pandemic, for lectures.
Hundreds, possibly thousands of them, doing everything the school does and doesn’t think any of them will get coronavirus.
Yet, holding a day’s lecture for Prof. Mills is what will give people the virus.
How utterly ridiculous can it get?” Journalist Justice Baidoo noted.

Source: MyNewsGh.com/ 2020

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