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Mon, 10 Jun 2024 Book Release

Bawumia has done in Ghana what America's Walter Mundale did; brought transformation, dignity to the office of Vice President — Dr. Etse Sikanku

Bawumia has done in Ghana what America's Walter Mundale did; brought transformation, dignity to the office of Vice President — Dr. Etse Sikanku
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Communications Professor Etse Sikanku has commended Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia for the transformation he has brought to Ghana's Office of the Vice President since 2017.

This praise was made at the launch of Professor Sikanku's book, "Dr. Bawumia and the Modern Vice Presidency," held in Accra.

In his book, Professor Sikanku examines the evolution of the Vice Presidency in Ghana and highlights Dr. Bawumia's substantial impact through his proactive public engagement and transformative policies.

"Dr. Bawumia has not been an armchair Vice President," Sikanku stated during the book launch.

He drew parallel between Dr. Bawumia and former US Vice President Walter Mondale, who is credited with transforming the American Vice Presidency under President Jimmy Carter by making the role more influential.

"The President is always the focus of media attention. However, the Vice President's Office is just a step away. The institution of the Vice President is as important as the office of the President, but the office has largely been reduced to a ceremonial role," Prof. Sikanku remarked.

He praised Dr. Bawumia for his active role, noting, "He entered the office and took the position and ran with it. He has transformed the office.

“We see his action, and we see his passion. He has brought dignity to the Office of the Vice President and, to some extent, the office of the President."

Prof. Sikanku further highlighted Dr. Bawumia's contributions to social justice and advocacy, particularly through his emphasis on digitalization.

"He did this by pursuing what he is passionate about. He did this through digitalization, which is pushing the world forward. He has done it in such a way that posterity will be kind to him."

Drawing a historical comparison, Prof. Sikanku explained that the US Vice Presidency was once seen as largely ceremonial until Walter Mondale's tenure, which brought respect and substance to the role.

"Dr. Bawumia has done in Ghana what Walter Mondale did in the US for the office of the Vice President," he concluded.

Gideon Afful Amoako
Gideon Afful Amoako

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