Paul Boateng: Dutch Passport and Ghanaian PhD Debate Highlights Ghana’s Challenges


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Rt. Hon. Paul Boateng, a member of the UK House of Lords, has commented on the current social media debate comparing the value of a Dutch passport to a Ghanaian PhD.


He believes this discussion highlights significant issues facing Ghana today.

During the 2024 Annual Leadership Lecture at the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), Boateng expressed concern that some Ghanaians see the passport as more valuable than the PhD.

He emphasized that the nation’s reliance on external aid contributes to this mindset.

Boateng stated that it is troubling when such views become popular online. He stressed that leadership must address this issue and change the perception that external advantages outweigh local achievements.


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He called on Ghana to reduce its dependence on foreign aid, which he believes has kept the country in poverty for many years.

Referring to a past statement by President Nana Akufo-Addo, Boateng urged Ghana to break free from this dependency.

He recalled Akufo-Addo’s 2018 remarks with French President Emmanuel Macron, where the Ghanaian President stressed the need for Africa to stop relying on external aid.

Boateng reiterated that to progress, Ghana and other African countries must stop allowing foreign powers to exploit their resources and hinder their development.

He called for strong leadership to shift from mere talk to concrete actions to overcome these challenges.


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