Story: Today Correspondent
The chairman of Groupe Nduom, Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, it is reported to have encouraged former President John Agyekum Kufuor to write his memoirs. This was during a visit to the former President at his home in Aburi on Tuesday 8th August 2023.
Dr. Nduom was there with his wife Yvonne and the GN Corporate Affairs Manager, Frank Owusu-Ofori. He reportedly also asked the former President not to leave out the colorful and perhaps controversial events that happened under his watch. This way, Dr. Nduom felt will give readers the opportunity to know the real truth about a number of events that happened during his tenure as President.
Many people in the current Akufo-Addo Administration, Parliament and at the highest levels as officers of political parties interacted with him or worked him in one way or the other. President Nana Akufo-Addo was Attorney General and Minister Justice, and Minister for Foreign Affairs. The Chief of Staff Akosua Frema Osei-Opare served under him. The Minister for Foreign Affairs Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, the Minister for National Security Albert Kan-Dapaah and many others such as Hackman Owusu-Agyeman, Nana Akomea, Yaw Osafo-Maafo were given opportunities to serve in the Kufuor Administration.
Dr. Nduom served first as Minister for Economic Planning, then as Energy Minister and as Minister for Public Sector Reforms. He was also Chairman of the National Development Planning Commission and Chairman of the Millennium Development Authority.
According to Dr. Nduom, the constitution in force now makes provision for an executive presidency. Some people confuse this with the prime minister’s position in a parliamentary form of government. The Ghanaian constitution makes the president more powerful and has broader powers than the American president. Yet, some party members and ministers of state often act as if the President is their equal or first among equals. Former President Kufuor, he believes suffered from this treatment and should tell his story to help educate party members and the general population about the type of democratic dispensation “we are living in”. How the former President worked with and managed his ministers and other appointees is something Dr. Nduom feels will be of interest to many.
Another area that Dr. Nduom feels will be of interest is the former President’s rich personal experiences with world leaders – American, British, French, Ivorian, Nigerian, Japanese and many others that contributed Ghana forging favorable and cooperative relationships that brought some positive benefits to the country.
Dr. Nduom pointed to the thinking on the part of some people that they could do better than the Kufuor Administration and so if he the former President could become President, then they too should try to get there. This he feels in part led to the many aspirants who sought to replace the former President at the end of his term of office.
Dr. Nduom was very grateful for the reception accorded him and his wife by the former President which included lunch and refreshments. The Nduoms’ also carried some gifts including a bouquet of flowers for Mrs. Theresa Kufuor, who Dr. Nduom described as a “fellow Elminian”.