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 never collected his certificate after leaving the University of Ghana in 1980, Amissah-Arthur said there is no doubt that he pursued a degree programme at the nation’s premier university and was consequently offered a job by the university.
He said he is utterly shocked that his CV has become the subject of public scrutiny after he offered what he considers sufficient explanations about the document to Parliament’s Vetting Committee following his appointment as Vice President.
Proxies of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) have recently 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 NPP Presidential Candidate Nana Akufo-Addo to explain why he did not include in his CV that he attended Oxford University. Felix Kwakye Ofosu, the group’s convener, said that if the NPP leader could hide such critical information from the public, then he could not be trusted to not conceal other information from the people.
In response, an NPP-affiliated group called the Young Patriots 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 record straight.
At the same time, though, he also urged the electorate to, “focus on the serious issues that affect the Ghanaian people.”