Ghana has apologised for plagiarising a photo of a Kenyan high-rise building used as the cover of government’s ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’ strategy document launched by President Nana Akufo-Addo on May 1.
The use of the photo of Dawit Insurance Agency Limited headquarters in Nairobi as the cover page of the strategy document triggered criticism against the government, with some describing the act as embarrassing.
Critics were shocked by how government officials led President Nana Addo Dankwa AKufo-Addo to show off the document with the plagiarised photo on a national event televised live on television.
“As if the issue of the President plagiarizing people’s speeches wasn’t bad enough, they have once again photoshopped a skyline from Nairobi and that’s what you see when you open the Ghana Beyond Aid document,” MP Kumbungu Ras Mubarak told Starr FM.
He could not fathom why persons behind the document turned a blind eye to Accra’s skyline and even more exciting ones in developed country’s to choose Kenya’s skyline.
Government officials were said to initially downplayed the issue and asked Ghanaians to rather focus attention on the content of the document that seeks to guide Ghana towards an irreversible pathway of progress and prosperity.
But a day after the issue emerged, the committee in charge of the Ghana Beyond Aid has issued a statement to apologise to the President and Ghanaians and taken full responsibility for what it termed as error.
“The Committee apologises unreservedly to the President and the nation for this error,” the statement signed by Secretary to the Committee, Dr Eric Yeboah said.
This is the original photo of Dawit Insurance that was plagiarised in the Ghana Beyond Aid strategy document
It said the Committee “takes full responsibility for it” and are currently “ensuring that the cover page of the document is replaced before bulk copies are printed for widespread circulation.
“We regret this error, once again,” it added.
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