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Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Vice President of Ghana Speaks at ALU
- March 13, 2017
- Posted by: Edem Torkornoo
- Category: News
On Saturday, March 11, His Excellency Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Vice President of Ghana, spoke at ALU’s campus in Mauritius, African Leadership College (ALC) as part of a 3-day visit to Mauritius.
During his time on campus, Dr Bawumia heard the story of Nana Yaw Adu-Poku, a second-year Business Management student from Ghana, who talked about his internship experience at Ecobank in Accra. Adu-Poku highlighted how his manager gave him the task of training the entire Ecobank call center after he was able to increase the number of customers who bought t-bills via mobile money by 25%. According to Adu-Poku, his Leadership Core courses and various experiences at ALU prepared him for the challenge.
Theodore Sutherland, Career Development Lead, also spoke about the state of education on the African continent and ALU’s vision to develop leaders through education. He highlighted how Mauritius and Rwanda have been good models of what partnerships with organisations such as ALU should look like. He then challenged the Vice President to create the environment for such institutions to set up.
Dr Bawumia’s visit ended with a Q&A with Aba Quagraine, a Career Development Associate at ALU. The conversation touched on his transition from being Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Ghana into politics as well as how he is thinking about about unlocking the leadership potential of human capital in Ghana.
On the topic of African countries that Ghana can emulate, the Vice President said that Mauritius and Rwanda were countries that Ghana could learn from. “We are ready to stand shoulder to shoulder with other African countries,” he said.
“Africans will only get the respect of the rest of the world if we emancipate ourselves economically. We don’t have to take begging bowls around the world. We should look for investment, cooperation and partnerships,” he added.
Dr Bawumia was in Mauritius as the guest of honour for Mauritius’ 49th Independence Day celebrations. He also held bilateral talks with Her Excellency, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, Prime Minister and other senior officials of the Mauritius government.