Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has proven himself as not just incorruptible but unassuming as well after being spotted aboard a commercial aeroplane travelling from Accra to Tamale.
The Vice President joined Africa World Airlines’ Embraer 145 plane flying Accra-Tamale on Saturday, November 26th 2022.
Award-winning Ghanaian journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni, spotted the Veep on the plane and recounted the chance meeting online in admiration at the Vice President’s gesture.
Sharing a photo of Bawumia, seated alone on a double-seat with his security aide behind him, Manasseh said: “This morning, those of us on board Africa World’s Embraer 145 commercial flight to Tamale were joined by an unexpected passenger.
“I don’t know how often it happens, but this is the first time I have heard or seen Ghana’s president or vice president on a local commercial flight,” the post added
Check out Manasseh Azure’s post below…
This morning, those of us on board Africa World's Embraer 145 commercial flight to Tamale were joined by an unexpected passenger. I don't know how often it happens, but this is the first time I have heard or seen Ghana's president or vice president on a local commercial flight. pic.twitter.com/9rvEwnyM4L
— Manasseh Azure Awuni (@Manasseh_Azure) November 26, 2022
In Ghana, public officials travelling in massive convoys of V8s are common, and even for flights, it is highly uncommon to travel on non-descript commercial flights as Bawumia just did.
Hence, Manasseh’s post sparked a heavy online debate, with many praising the Vice President for his action which saves the nation money.
“Keep this up Dr. B,” a social media user reacted.
Others, however, were of the view that there is nothing extraordinary about his action, considering it is a matter of routine for public officials to travel in such manner in other countries around the world.
Keep this up Dr. B. Even though I don’t agree with most of your policies, I also think that you have been squeezed into a tight corner by the Akyem mafias. When a credit is due you give.. we’ll done for setting the trend; let’s hope it’s a start for others to follow…we’ll done
— frankie (@frankie40068111) November 27, 2022
The bar is soo low. Leaders outside board public transport to work. Others even ride bicycles.
But a former journalist of the year is obsessed with the leader of a poor country boarding a commercial flight. SMH pic.twitter.com/8amyXp1MFG
— Kwaku O.🇬🇭𓅓 (@kwakurafiki2) November 26, 2022
I guess you are missing the point sir, he said he has not seen this before and you are crucifying him for it. Simply name any formal leader who has done that. At least this is the first step let’s encourage that and not to be bitter about everything.
— The Kanins (@pkayamponsah) November 27, 2022
Either way, it is remarkable for a Ghanaian public official to take such a move, particularly at a time when the nation is in an economic crisis.
That it is the unassuming Dr Bawumia who did so is not a surprise, and one can only hope his move sparks a trend for most other public officials to follow.
The humility on display by Vice President Bawumia sets him apart from many other Ghanaian politicians and is part of the reason why many believe he would be the best leader for the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) post-Nana.