Ghana’s vice president Mahamudu Bawumia is expected in the country this Friday after a two-week medical leave in the UK. Minister of state for National Security, Bryan Acheampong speaking on Kasapa FM confirmed.
Tension had begun following pictures of the vice president and his wife seen in London streets with the opposition taking a new toll on the Vice president’s security. Acheampong played down the danger threats assuring citizens Mahamudu will be in the country safely later today.
Mahamudu Bawumia Biography
Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, the 12th in a family of 18 was born on the October 7 1963 to a former politician, teacher and lawyer, Alhaji Mumuni Bawumia (founder member of Northern People’s Party, NPP) and Hajia Mariama Bawumia, a pioneer female student from the northern side to join Wesley Girls High School.
Mahamudu enrolled at Sakasaka primary school where upon completion; he progressed to pursue his secondary education at Tamale secondary school in 1975.
For his tertiary studies, he majored in banking in the UK where he earned the Chartered Institute of Bankers Diploma (ACIB), progressing to Buckingham University to earn a First Class Honors Degree in Economics in 1987. Years later, Mahamudu joined Lincoln College for a Master’s degree in Economics before acquiring his Economics Ph.D. from Simon Fraser University.
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He later married former TV host and beauty pageant Samira Bawumia Ramadan. Together, they have four beautiful children.
History of Mahamudu Bawumia.
Following his education in 1988 he served in various roles; a Monetary Economics lecturer at Emile Woolf College of Accountancy in London and later went to Washington where he served as an economist at the Research Department of the International Monetary Fund.
In 1990, he moved to Texas to serve in an assistive role to a Professor of Economics AT Baylor University in the Hankamer School of Business. His hard work in research earned him the Young Researcher award in 1998.
At the dawn of the millennia, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia came back to his homeland Ghana. With his experience and knowledge in banking, he joined Ghana bank as an economist gradually progressing to the deputy governor, a post he was appointed to by President John Kufuor in 2006.
Dr Mahamudu Bawumia Ghana bank’s tenure led to tremendous strides in Ghana’s banking history. He successfully led Ghana in part of a team that saw the stability in exchange rate, developed an inflation framework that successfully reduced inflation between 2000 and 2007 from 40% to 10.2%.
Furthermore, he played a role in a policy drafting team that saw improved credit to the private sector. A massive jump where initially, credit to the private sector was at a staggering 12.5% back in 2001 to 28.5% by 2008.
Did you know Dr Mahamudu played a role in a government team that negotiated with World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) to successfully terminate Ghana’s reliance on IMF by 2007?
Mahamudu Bawumia profile
As the 2008 elections approached, Dr Mahamudu resigned as a governor to try his hand in politics. He was successfully nominated as vice presidential candidate to presidential candidate Nana Akufo-Addo to run on the New Patriotic Party (NPP) ticket. Though NPP lost the presidential race, it received a significant boost in votes from the three northern Ghana regions compared to the 2004 elections.
From 2008 to 2012, Mahamudu played advisory roles in and out of Africa in economics and banking. Notably Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe where he became an International Growth Center (IGC) team member for the former.
He was later successfully re-nominated as a vice president in the 2012 Ghana general elections. Unfortunately Nana lost to John Mahama. NPP was not content with John Mahama’s win which they petitioned the court. Mahamudu was NPP’s lead witness. They lost.
2016 proved to be NPP’s year as Nana Akofu-Adodo was successfully elected as Ghana’s president following a hotly contested election. Mahamudu Bawumia assumed office on January 7 2017.
Following a successful medical leave to the UK, the vice president of the republic of Ghana is expected back in the country today well and healthy.
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