Member of Parliament for Sanerigu, Alhaji A. B.A Fuseini has challenged the government to come public and condemn the Deputy Agric Minister William Quaitoo over the ethnocentric comment he made about people living in the north.
According to him the president Nana Akufo Addo should have fired the deputy minister to serve a bigger lesson to other appointees considering the gravity of the comment he made.
Farmers in the Northern Region were said to be demanding compensation for the adverse impact the fall army worm disaster has had on their farms.
Speaking in an interview on an Accra based radio station on the impact of the army worms and concerns raised by the farmers on compensation; he described the people from the north as “difficult people.”
“If anybody in the north says his farm was destroyed by armyworm, the person would have to come and prove it. As for our brothers (in the North), it is so difficult to deal with them. I lived there for 27 years; I speak Dagbani like a Dagomba and all that. They are very difficult people. Nobody can substantiate. We have no records of that. It’s just a way of taking money from the government: that’s what they do all the time…” he said.
The comment received a lot of backlash from the public especially the minority in parliament who called for the immediate resignation of the minister.
The minister subsequently issued an unqualified apology over his ethnic bigotry comment which the minority believed was not enough but should take a bigger step to resign.
Reacting to his resignation in an interview with the media, the former northern regional minister, Hon. Fuseini thinks the minister should have responded to their concerns with civility.
“These are people you have been put in public office to superintend, to ensure that you become a point of contact in government for addressing their legitimate issues and concerns. And so they lament that the fall army worms have devastated their farms, who else should attend to them more than you?” he quizzed.
He added that for the minister to have responded to farmers in such an abrasive language, ethnocentric bigotry and in such unsavory language was out of place.
This is not the first time a minister of state has resigned or sacked for misconducting themselves.
Under the erstwhile administration, the Deputy Minister for Communication, Victoria Hammah resigned over an audio conversation over a one million dollar ambition. Minister of Power, Dr. Kwabena Donkor also resigned over a comment he made that if he did not solve the power crisis that had engulfed the country at the time by end of the year (December 2015), he will resign as well as the minister for Transport, Dzifa Attivor who resigned over a bus re-branding at a whopping amount of GHC 3.6 million on re-branding 116 buses saga.
By: Nana Yaa Amanfo/Okwawufm.com