Mr. William Nyarko was reacting to media reports which suggest that portions of the president’s inaugural speech was an alleged collection of some portions of other leader’s speeches without acknowledgement at the part of the speech writer.
“Note to speechwriters of President Akufo-Addo, and indeed, anyone who writes speeches or academic papers,etc…Please run your final work through a Plagiarism Checker before making it public. These tools are available for free or by subscription” Mr. Nyarko said on his facebook post.
He bemourns the poor culture of Ghana’s educational system on issues of plagiarism and said it is time Ghanaians must take issues of plagiarism seriously.
“My education in Ghana didn’t teach me how to take plagiarism seriously; my undergrad education in America taught me lifelong lessons (thank you America).”
Mr. Nyarko calls for the teaching of how to avoid plagiarism right from primary education level in Ghana.
“We should teach how to avoid plagiarizing someone’s work, sometimes inadvertently, right from primary education in Ghana.” he urged
Per Awake News’ checks, these are some of the portions of the president’s speech which appears to be same words of former US President Bush and Clinton’s speeches:
In President Nana Addo’s address today at the black star square, he said:
I ask you to be citizens: citizens, not spectators; citizens, not subjects; responsible citizens building your communities …..and a nation of character.”
Former US President George Bush said this in his last 6 paragraphs of this 2001 inaugural speech:
“What you do is as important as anything Government does. I ask you to seek a common good beyond your comfort, to defend needed reforms against easy attacks, to serve your Nation, beginning with your neighbor. I ask you to be citizens: Citizens, not spectators; citizens, not subjects; responsible citizens building communities of service and a nation of character.“
Another portion of the President Nana Akofu-Addo speech which appears to be the same as the US former President Bill Clinton’s first inaugural speech:
Now we must do the work the season demands. To that work, I now turn with all the authority of my office. I ask the Legislature and Judiciary to join with me.’- this is in President Akofu-Addo’s speech
And the below is almost same words in US former President Bill Clinton’s speech
Now we must do the work the season demands. To that work I now turn with all the authority of my office. I ask the Congress to join with me. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_inauguration_of_Bill_Clinton
Source: Awake News