Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has resumed official duties today, [Friday] February 2, 2018, after returning to Ghana on Thursday night from a 12-day medical leave in the United Kingdom.
In a Facebook post, the Vice President said: “I have resumed work today [Friday]…to continue with President Akufo-Addo’s dream of helping build a prosperous Ghana.”
Dr. Bawumia left Ghana for the United Kingdom on Friday January 20; after the Presidency revealed that he had taken ill a day before on January 19, and had undergone medical tests.
He subsequently returned to Ghana on Thursday after being on medical leave for past 12 days.
In the post, Dr. Bawumia was thankful to everyone who prayed and supported him when he was unwell.
“I appreciate the fellow feeling, love and best wishes expressed during my recent medical leave. I am most grateful to the Almighty God for his mercies. In particular, I thank President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the first lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo, Chief of Staff, the Government, my lovely wife Samira Bawumia, my family, and you, the Ghanaian people, for the support.”
“My sincere gratitude also goes to the mosques, churches and individuals who in diverse ways interceded on my behalf, as well as the medical staff who discharged their duties in a most professional manner,” the Vice President Added.
Nana Addo leaves Ghana for educational conference in Senegal
The President, Nana Akufo-Addo, has left Ghana for Senegal to attend a global education conference.
His attendance is upon the invitation of that country’s president, Macky Sall, and French President, Emmanuel Macron.
Dr. Bawumia is thus acting as the President during Nana Akufo-Addo’s absence from the country.
The Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Mike Aaron Oquaye, had acted twice in similar capacity when both the President and his Vice were not around.
Workaholic Bawumia sleeps only 4 hours – Mustapha Hamid
The Minister of Information, Mustapha Hamid, had earlier said Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia gets only three to four hours of sleep a day, and spends the rest of the time working for the people of Ghana.
Speaking to Citi News on Thursday at the Kotoka International Airport on the sidelines of Bawumia’s return to Ghana, Hamid said he was hopeful the Vice President will have enough rest so that he does not break down.
“We know that he’s a workaholic; he’s been working so hard. This is a man who sleeps just about three or four hours out of 24 hours, but we hope that this time in spite of the enormous work that has to be done, that he will be urged to slow down a bit and take a rest,” he added.
On January 27, during his medical leave, a video emerged of the Vice President taking a stroll on the streets of London with his wife, Samira Bawumia.
At a point in the video, the Second Family stopped to interact with a Ghanaian national who ran over to greet them.
Whilst many were excited to see the Vice President in the video, others suggested it was stage-managed to give an impression that he was well, and that government was in reality concealing the true details of his health status from the public.
Some likened the video to the incident where the late President Atta Mills who appeared physically ill, at one-time trotted at the Kotoka International Airport when he had returned from a trip outside, to give an impression that he was healthy.
Others later shifted the argument to the fact that, it was not prudent for the Vice President to have been strolling the streets of London without security, a claim that was dismissed by some government spokespersons.
The video also came at a time the Minority in Parliament had called for full disclosure on the health status of the Vice President.
The Majority Leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, however described the Minority’s call as “hypocritical and preposterous”.