Manasseh Azure Awuni Critiques Ghana’s Professional Landscape, Highlighting the Allure of Foreign Opportunities Over Domestic Qualifications.

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In a recent article, journalist Manasseh Azure Awuni highlighted the harsh reality faced by many Ghanaians, comparing the value of a Dutch passport to a Ghanaian PhD. He argued that for many, especially those struggling with the country’s economic and social issues, a foreign passport offers better prospects than a prestigious academic qualification from Ghana.

Manasseh Azuri referenced a young man’s statement about the superiority of a Dutch passport over a Ghanaian PhD, reflecting a sentiment shared by many Ghanaians. This perspective, Awuni suggested, underscores why securing a visa to travel abroad is often seen as a miraculous event, celebrated with fervor in churches across the nation.

The article emphasized that the issue isn’t limited to Ghanaian PhDs but extends to all professionals working in Ghana, including those with degrees from top universities worldwide. Awuni noted that the young man would likely have a different view if comparing someone with a Ghanaian PhD teaching in a Dutch university.

Manasseh Azuri pointed out that even highly regarded professionals, such as medical doctors, lawyers, and journalists, face similar challenges. He argued that the young man’s statement should not be seen as an attack on Ghanaian PhD holders but as an indictment of Ghana’s failure to provide adequate opportunities and support for its citizens.

The article also criticized the treatment of Ghana’s best minds, many of whom are leaving the country for better opportunities abroad. Awuni cited the example of young graduates in Ghana who, by associating with political power, can accumulate more wealth in a few years than a PhD holder from a top university who has been teaching in Ghana for decades.

Manasseh Azuri shared personal insights, noting that despite his status as a highly regarded journalist, someone working a low-wage job in the United States might still have better financial prospects. He urged Ghanaians to critically examine the root causes of this disparity instead of attacking those who voice these uncomfortable truths.

The article highlighted the plight of professors in Ghana, who earn between 9,000 and 12,000 cedis per month, which pales in comparison to the earnings of low-wage workers in the United States. Awuni emphasized that this is not due to a lack of capability on the part of the professors but rather the dire economic situation in Ghana.

Manasseh concluded by calling for accountability from all sectors of Ghanaian society, including politicians, journalists, judges, health workers, and academics. He stressed that addressing these issues could lead to better living conditions and opportunities for Ghanaian professionals, making the prospect of holding a Ghanaian PhD more attractive than seeking opportunities abroad.

Note: The article also mentioned specific professors, such as Professor Samuel Antwi from the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), and Professor Ransford Gyampo from the University of Ghana, who have defended controversial issues like the SML scandal, highlighting the broader systemic issues affecting the nation.

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