He received the certificate from Mr Enoch Amartey, the Director of Academic Affairs, at the Registry of the University of Ghana, Legon.
collection was necessitated by allegations by the opposition that he lied to
Parliament and the nation during his vetting because he didn™t have a Masters
degree in Economics, contrary to what his CV portrays.
picking the certificate, Vice President, who is partnering President John
Dramani Mahama, the Presidential Candidate of the governing National Democratic
Congress (NDC) as Running Mate for Ghana™s December 7, 2012 presidential
election said, ¯I™m not worried, because I know I told the truth.¯
President Amissah-Arthur said he was surprised that such lies could be
propagated about the existence of his Master of Science (MSc) in Economics
Young Patriots, a youth wing of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) last
week accused the Vice President of lying to Ghanaians, alleging that he never
acquired an MSc in Economics from the University of Ghana.
the Vice President, who was then touring the Brong Ahafo region, denied the
claims and promised to retrieve the certificate from the University on his
return to the capital to prove to his accusers.
why he had allowed his certificate to stay with the University for the past 32
years, he said, he had not had the need to collect it.
explained that after his Masters degree in the University, the same university
employed him as a lecturer without him having to show them his qualification.
working as a lecturer, Mr Amissah-Arthur gained a series of political
appointments at the Finance Ministry as the Deputy Finance Secretary and Deputy
Minister of Finance, before going into private business as well as becoming the
Governor of the Bank of Ghana.
all these appointments, he said, there was no need for him to show his
certificate for approval.
Vice President, accompanied by the wife, Matilda, was happy that the collection
of the certificate would end the vile propaganda being directed to him by the
certificate, dated January 2, 1980 was retrieved by Mr. Amartey from a highly
protected vault containing uncollected certificates dating back to 1967.
John Owusu Gyapong, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University, interacting with the
Vice President, wondered how the University could have employed him without the
requisite qualification, and described the allegations as ridiculous, saying
issue of uncollected certificates was nothing new.