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Dutch passport vs PhD debate: Mahama doesn’t respect us – UG lecturer fumes

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12 days ago
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Development Economist at the University of Ghana, Dr. George Domfeh has criticized former President John Dramani Mahama for his recent comments regarding a social media debate on the value of a Dutch passport versus a PhD in Ghana.

The debate was ignited following a statement by a Ghanaian-born Dutch who claimed that a Dutch passport is more valuable than a PhD at the University of Ghana.

During a speech in Kumasi, Mahama commented on the debate, attributing the sentiment expressed by the Dutch Ghanaian to the economic difficulties faced by Ghanaians under President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s administration.

Speaking on a panel discussion on Movement TV on June 22, 2024, Dr. Domfeh expressed his disappointment with Mahama's remarks, stating, "I am disappointed in John Dramani Mahama for the statement he made in Kumasi three days ago.

“Anyone listening to me should tell him that I'm disappointed because an uneducated person who, excuse me for saying, doesn't reason well is in the Netherlands and married to a white lady with a Dutch passport.

“If he had said his passport was better than a PhD, that wouldn't have been a problem. But he added that he uses it to clean the toilet, which has really disgraced us. And As a former president, you shouldn't have supported what he said."

Domfeh expressed frustration with Mahama's linkage of the Dutch-Ghanaian's comments to the current administration, saying, "he claimed that what the man is saying is a result of Akufo-Addo's administration. I was so pained because we were all fighting for this country. Some of us had several opportunities to travel, but we chose to stay here. He doesn't respect us."

Emphasizing the importance of education, Domfeh noted, "If not for education, how could he have managed to travel? After all, teachers are the ones who educate pilots, people who manufacture planes, nurses, and others."
 

source: Ghanaweb.com