General News of Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Source: myjoyonline

I haven’t taken my certificate but focus on the issues not CVs – Veep

Vice-President Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur has responded to queries about his Curriculum Vitae, saying that with barely 10 days to the December polls, the focus should be on the issues of education, the economy and poverty that confront the people and not the CVs of political leaders.

Whilst conceding that he hasn’t taken his certificate since leaving the University of Ghana in 1980, Mr. Amissah-Arthur said there was no doubt that he pursued a degree programme at the nation’s premier university on account of which he was offered a job by the university.

He said it was utterly shocking that his CV should become the subject of public scrutiny and questions now after he had provided what he considered sufficient answers regarding the document to Parliament’s Vetting Committee following his appointment as Vice-President by President John Mahama.

Proxies of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) have been accusing opposing political leaders of dishonest declarations in their CVs.

First was the pro-NDC’s Research and Advocacy Platform (RAP) which, at a press conference last week, challenged the Presidential Candidate of the NPP, Nana Akufo-Addo to explain why he did not include in his CV that he attended Oxford University. Its convener, Felix Kwakye Ofosu said if the NPP leader concealed from the public such critical information, then he could not be trusted to not do worse.

Following from that, the Young Patriots of the NPP, accused the Vice-President of falsely stating in his CV that he obtained an M.Sc. Economics Degree from the University of Ghana, Legon in 1980.

“Our checks at the University of Ghana indicated that Vice President Amissah Arthur never graduated with an M.Sc. in Economic from the University of Ghana in 1980. His name is neither in the year group nor is the University aware of his self-acclaimed graduation in the said subject in that year," spokespersons for the Young Patriots, Richard Nyama said.

Responding to the allegations on Joy FM's Super Morning Show Tuesday, the former Governor of the Bank of Ghana, said "I don't know where this story is coming from? I went through the M. Sc. course, I finished my thesis in 1979; I was awarded a degree very early in 1980."

He said even though he never collected his certificate from the University, he was confident the "certificate will be in the Registry somewhere."

Efforts will be made to retrieve the certificate, he said, to set the records straight.

Besides, "let's focus on the serious issues that affect the Ghanaian people of Ghana," he emphasised.