The Vice President of the Diaspora Committee, Jerry Nkrumah, has condemned comments made by the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, chastising diasporians for being whiners at the just-ended Diaspora Homecoming Summit held at the Accra International Conference Centre.
He described Robert Ahomka–Lindsay’s comments as very unfortunate and expressed shock at his continuous insistence on using those strong words for participants even after his attention had been drawn to his unsavoury comments.
“Our elderly brother Ahomka-Lindsay comments were very unfortunate, and when he immediately made such comments right on the spot most of the participants at the event held him to task. And we were even expecting that based on the reaction of the people to his comments, he would have withdrawn or apologise for that comments but he held his point and that is why this discussion has progressed to this level,” he stated.
The Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry’s distasteful entreaties to Diasporians to stop complaining about things that are not working in Ghana and rather focus their attention on coming home to help build Ghana with their skills and knowledge acquired over the years in abroad received immense criticism from well meaning Ghanaians both home and abroad on the major social media platforms
Mr. Ahomka-Lindsay, speaking at the summit organized by the diaspora community in Accra, said, “Nobody likes whiners, people that spend all the time whining really get on people’s nerves. So, stop whining; stop saying this doesn’t work, that doesn’t work; please, we know it doesn’t work, so stop whining all the time saying it doesn’t work. If it worked, you probably won’t be sitting there.”
Speaking during an interview with host Fiifi Banson on Kasapa Fm in Accra, Mr. Nkrumah noted that although Diasporians are not coming from a perfect society and that they complain over there all the time when the system goes bad.
He said the difference is that those societies have systems in place to effectively deal with complaints that are made in case something went bad or someone experiences bad services and it’s something diasporians will continue to do here in Ghana if they find something not going well within the system.
“If something is not working you have to complain because the person in charge will never know if something has gone bad or not if you don’t complain. What we learn from those places is that if things are not working you have to complain and what it does is that it keeps you on your toes all the time to make sure that you deliver the service, but if no one complains about bad services and difficulty in the system, what is the pressure on the person in charge to ensure that the right thing down?
“So the notion that where we live we don’t complain is wrong because over there in abroad we complain. We are not going to allow Ahomka-Lindsay’s comments to discourage us from complaining because if something is not working you have to complain for the one in charge to do the right thing,” he said.
The Vice President of the Diaspora Committee stressed that they are not going to be deterred by the comments and renege in their efforts to ensure that the right things are done to enable Ghanaians living abroad to come and invest their monies into the economy and help boost the fortunes of the motherland.
He further acknowledged the success of the event and promised to keep the interest in the program sustained so as to attract more Diasporians into the country.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Nana Appiah Acquaye