…Over unsavoury comments
The New Patriotic Party has criticized the Deputy Trade and Industry Minister, Robert Ahomka-Lindsay, for his comments, describing diasporians as “whiners” and urged him to offer an unqualified apology to Ghanaians and members of the Diaspora community in Accra.
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.”
But speaking during an interview on Neat Fm in Accra yesterday, the Deputy Communication Director of the NPP, Yaw Adomako Baafi, condemned the Deputy Trade and Industry Minister’s comments and noted that such an utterance from a senior member of the NPP led government is uncalled for, despicable, shameful and should not be encouraged within the ranks of the party.
According to him, Mr. Ahomka-Lindsay’s behaviour and comments are not the reflection of the NPP as a party.
“Comments made by our brother Robert Ahomka – Lindsay is not characteristics, because the NPP is noted for decency, ethical speaking and humility. We are noted for our strong democratic tenets and for that matter we respect the views of individuals. If anyone within the party says anything that does not reflect the beliefs of the party, we then get saddened by that,” he said.
The NPP Deputy Communications Director stressed that it is about time for those occupying responsible positions within the government to know that any utterance coming from their mouth should be one that would reflect the democratic beliefs of the NPP not as a party alone, but also as a party in government, and that noone within the party or government should condone such unpleasant statement.
He therefore urged various government appointees, including ministers, deputy ministers and other key positions within government, to eschew arrogance and pride since these bad traits are recipe for disasters, especially for a party in government.
Meanwhile, the Vice President of the Diaspora Committee, Jerry Nkrumah, has said they are not going to be deterred by the utterance of the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry 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.