Dr. Eric Osae, the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at the Institute of Local Government has disregarded the calls for the resignation of the director of communications at the presidency over the parts of Nana Addo's inauguration speech that were plagiarized.
Mr Eugene Arhin has been asked to step down by sections of the public over the blunder. Although the communications director has apologized, there are still calls for his resignation as many citizens believe this will restore credibility to the presidency.
However, speaking on Class FM, Dr Osae noted that the communications director getting fired would be a terrible show of governance from the president, a day after his inauguration. He did however, task government to be more vigilant to avoid such mistakes again.
"I think this is in a different context and Eugene Arhin is a young gentleman, and I don’t want to believe it was Eugene Arhin who wrote the speech, except that he came in to defend it because he is the Director in charge of Communications. So lessons will have to be learnt. He has come out to apologise and I think we should avoid these mistakes and make sure we do the right thing next time," he said.
Dr Osae further stated that, "I’m sure the president will take internal sanctions against them, cautioning them so that they will not repeat it, but when it comes to resignation or sacking the person, it is too early because the president was sworn in on [Saturday] and if you were sworn in on Saturday and the president tries to sack people a day after swearing in, it doesn’t also augur well for good governance. So, I think the most important thing is that there are lessons to be learnt… I will not subscribe to the president firing people just for this mistake but the lessons must be learnt because this is not the first and will not be the last speech of the president…"