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Former President John Mahama, Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia
Former President John Mahama, Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia

Evaluating leadership beyond school ties

I have observed, with grave concern, the spirited debate among the alumni of Ghana Senior High School (GHANASCO) and Tamale Senior High School (TAMASCO) regarding the potential leadership qualities of former President John Dramani Mahama and Vice-President Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia. 

However, amid the debate, there is the need to assess leadership based on competence rather than school affiliations.

It is noteworthy that former President Mahama, a distinguished figure in Ghana's political landscape and leader of the largest opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) party, is an alumnus of GHANASCO, while Vice-President Bawumia of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) attended TAMASCO.

The allegiance to one's alma mater often plays a role in supporting candidates, but the focus should transcend such biases towards a more inclusive evaluation of leadership capabilities.

As a nation, Ghana stands at a crossroads, grappling with multifaceted challenges spanning economic stability, healthcare, education, infrastructure and governance.

Hence, the need for a leader who possesses the acumen, vision and determination to navigate these complexities and steer the country toward progress.

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The discussions among alumni associations have sparked a broader national dialogue about the fundamental principles guiding the selection of leaders.

It is imperative to move beyond personal affiliations and prioritise qualities such as experience, vision and dedication to national development.

The emphasis now resonates with Ghanaians across the country and the influential alumni of both GHANASCO and TAMASCO.

The search for leadership should prioritise meritocracy over school ties.

The collective effort to identify a leader who embodies a commitment to inclusive development and national prosperity is paramount.

The upcoming elections beckon a critical moment for Ghanaians to rally behind a leader whose competence aligns with the country's aspirations.

This transcends the alma mater of the candidates and focuses squarely on their ability to navigate the complexities of governance and foster progress for all.

My call is for Ghanaians, regardless of their educational backgrounds and alma maters, to unite in seeking a leader whose vision, competence and dedication resonates with the needs and aspirations of the nation.

Adam Abdul-Fatawu Wunizoya,
Freelance Journalist, Tamale-Ghana.

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