Society sets certain standards by which people are measured by and it is the conviction of every Ghanaian that if the nation cannot bequeath anything to Ghanaians at all, it must at least bequeath to them, a leader with a high sense of morality, uprightness and humility.
These leadership qualities the Vice President of Ghana, Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, has.
Amissah-Arthur’s dedication to work is how he is complementing the efforts of President Mahama.
Vice President Amissah-Arthur is quietly but actively complementing the efforts of the President to provide the needed pivot and respect for the nation’s forward march.
In Ghana, the Vice President is the Number Two man and he is assumed to be the next most powerful government official after the President – in theory and in practice.
As such, Vice President Kwesi Amissah Arthur has been able to prove himself as a humble leader who has exhibited that his humility knows no beyond bounds. What the people of Ghana are looking for is a humble selfless, truly confident intelligent, non-corrupt, God-fearing Vice President who is working and focused. A man well recognized for his many achievements and immense contributions to the polity, communal liberalism, growth, and general welfare of the people of Ghana. Beyond these, he is a humble man, dearly loved and respected.
He has remained in the consciousness of his friends and contemporaries, as a builder of human social bridges.
He is a teacher, technocrat, a democrat, a man of transparent honesty and humility; a perfect gentleman, a loving husband and an unshakable believer in unity.
He’s someone who interacts and consults with the media extensively constantly in order to acquaint himself with issues concerning the country instead of being a talkative, as some people would want him to be.
Every nation’s leadership looks for the kind of men it needs to drive policies. Some succeed and deliver on policy objectives without making noise, makes sure that the machinery of governance moves in the right direction, in order not to lose focus.
A leader succeeds in selecting the right team that buys into his visions, programmes and achieves his objectives. That is why some Presidents love to retain some elements in their Cabinet for a long time without thinking of doing away with them.
For instance, why would a President Mahama defy all maneuvers by some politicians to drop his vice, Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, in his second term project? Amissah-Arthur has been loyal to the party over the years and has also conducted his office peaceably – that is why the President reciprocating his efforts in government.
Already former President Rawlings and President John Dramani Mahama keep on registering their trust and confidence in Vice President Kwesi Bekoe Amisssah-Arthur with special thanks for his huge role in a lot of activities with truthfulness.
The President, once described the work of the Vice President as exemplary.
The Veep has also played a key role in the success story of the NDC government’s achievements.
The thumbs-up by the President to the Vice President is not misplaced.
He believes in the man who partnered him after the unfortunate demise of the late President Atta Mills almost two years ago to complete the first term of the Mills-Mahama Administration.
His mastery of public administration and the intricate art of balancing policy priorities and political intrigues and the economic situations in the country is superb.
Ghana’s Vice President has continuously called on Ghanaians to be patient and keep faith with the Government to enable it bring about the desired permanent change in the country.
The nation needs straightforward leaders like Kwesi Amissah-Arthur who heads government’s economic management team with courage, vision, wisdom and ability.
He’s someone who builds trust, courts alliances, build consensus and holds trust and keeps track of national issues.
Amissah-Arthur is a stickler to timelines for the presidency, ministries, departments and agencies to enable them work in line with government’s objectives, and meet with the expectation of the ruling party and the public.
Mr Amissah Arthur has demonstrated how beneficial it could be to have a trusted ally in moving policies forward. As chief supervisor of government operations, he knows the goings-on in government’s many deals with development partners locally and internationally.
He understands the goings-on at the ministries and departments and agencies, the politics in-between government programmes and opposition’s behavior towards them. He is the righthand man of the President, his chief strategist, he knows better how to fault or gauge issues of friction between the executive and the legislature.
When he speaks, it is only facts.
Mr Amissah Arthur has over the years brokered truce and eased tension on a lot of national issues quietly as chairman of the Police and Armed Forces Council with trust and confidence.
Kwesi Amissah Arthur is a quiet and vibrant man whose depth of knowledge is arresting. He is a man who understands Ghana’s current economic conditions as much as the President does . He also admits that times are hard and with his team they are working tirelessly to solve the problem which is temporal.
Vice President Amissah-Arthur, who prior to his elevation to the position of the Vice President, was the Governor of the Bank of Ghana, was vetted by Parliament and safely sailed through with his approval before assuming the position.
His schedule is very demanding, at times working very late into the night, depriving himself of everyday conveniences to ensure that the NDC is retained in 2016.
Here is a Vice President who has risen through the ranks from the era of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) to when Ghana re-entered constitutional rule in 1992.
A look at his profile might bring out the competencies of the man through his days as a student and his professional life.
The Cape Coast born economist had his General Certificate of Education “O” and “A” Levels at the Mfantsipim Secondary School in Cape Coast from 1964 to 1971.
He proceeded to the University of Ghana, Legon where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1974 and subsequently his Master of Science Degree in 1976, both in economics.
He wrote his thesis on “Public Policy and economic growth, a model of economic growth-Ghana” 1956-1974.
Mr Amissah-Arthur lectured at the Department of Economics at the University of Ghana between 1980 and 1988. Prior to this, he was a research assistant at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research between 1974 and 1975.
He later joined the Economic Department of the University of Ghana as a teaching assistant from 1977 to 1978 going on to become an assistant lecturer in 1979. He was a lecturer at the Department of Economics, Anambra State College of Education, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria between August 1981- July 1983).
Between 1983 and 1986, Amissah-Arthur served as a special assistant to the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) Secretary of Finance and Economic Planning, Dr Kwesi Botchwey. He became Deputy Secretary for Finance in the PNDC government from February 1986 until March 1993.
From April 1993, he continued as the Deputy Minister of Finance in the first NDC Government after the establishment of constitutional rule until 1997.
He was responsible for the preparation of the Annual Public Investment Programme, Management of the budget of the Government of Ghana and managing the bilateral and multilateral assistance to Ghana.
Mr Amissah-Arthur worked as a Consultant for the World Bank in the Gambia and also served as a consultant for the Netherlands government Education project in Ghana. Between 1988 and 2000, he worked as Senior Economist for the Sigma One Corporation in Ghana and between 2001 and 2002; he was on assignment for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.
Mr Amissah-Arthur was appointed Governor of the Bank of Ghana in October 2009 by late President John Atta Mills, this position he held till 6 August 2012 when he became the Vice President.
It was during his tenure as the Governor of the Bank of Ghana that the country attained a middle income status.
President Mahama made no mistake in selecting Mr. Amissah-Arthur as the Vice President and he deserves commendation for his indefatigable effort to bring the economy on an even keel. Mr Kwesi Amissah Arthur has so far demonstrated good political craftsmanship as the Vice president of Ghana.
All must get on board to help the President and the Vice President to work for the good of Ghana.