President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has expressed his reasons for choosing Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia as his Vice President,.
During an interaction with Grade 4 pupils at the Jubilee House on October 26, 2023, President Akufo-Addo praised Dr. Bawumia’s intelligence and integrity, stating that these were significant factors in his selection.
In addition to fulfilling the need for regional balance between the north and south regions of Ghana, President Akufo-Addo acknowledged Dr. Bawumia’s astuteness and the value he brings to effective governance.
The President appreciated Dr. Bawumia’s direct communication style, highlighting the importance of dealing with individuals who express themselves honestly and openly. These attributes were among the driving forces behind his decision to appoint Dr. Bawumia as his vice president.
President Akufo-Addo also shared these insights while responding to questions from the Grade Four pupils of the Association International School in Accra, who were visiting the Jubilee House on an educational tour.
The children had the opportunity to interact with the President, receiving individual photo opportunities and a book souvenir from the Presidency. The meeting fostered a warm and familial atmosphere, with the President engaging the children in a grandfatherly manner.
When asked about how he handles criticism, President Akufo-Addo expressed his support for a system where leaders and individuals in positions of authority can be scrutinized and criticized. He acknowledged that in the past, Ghana had experienced a different approach, where one person’s word held sway. However, he believed in the value of diverse perspectives and the contributions of many minds in shaping governance.
He emphasized that criticism could be beneficial and cited the importance of considering different perspectives. While he acknowledged that disagreements with critics were common, he maintained that he did not become agitated in the face of criticism because he saw it as an opportunity for growth and improvement.
The President affirmed that he respected the right of individuals to express their opinions and criticize his actions, but he also retained the right to dismiss criticism that lacked substance.