- An NDC scribe has said the Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Maafo needs a psychiatric examination
- He wondered how a man of his calibre could say a thing like that
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Communications Officer for the Jomoro Constituency of the Western Region, Patrick Ellonu, says the Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Maafo, needs to undergo a 'sychiatric examination' following his recent galamsey gaffe.
He said he was highly surprised the senior minister will divulge such statements from his rich pot of political experience.
Speaking on Jomoro-based radio Hope FM's 'Morning Dew' on Wednesday, 24 April, 2019, the NDC scribe wondered why a whole Senior Minister would made such 'reckless' comment.
"I don't believe the Osafo Maafo that I know for some years is the one making these childish statements. I think there is something wrong somewhere. Let's offer him a Doctor," he said.
He argued that Ghanaians who were caught engaging in the galamsey activities were prosecuted but the Chinese woman was deported without prosecution.
According to Ellonu, the comments Osafo Maafo made at a recent Town Hall Meeting in the United States to the effect that Aisha Huang did not face the law in Ghana for her activities because of the Sinohydro deal could be best be described as 'reckless and useless'.
According to him, jailing her in Ghana will not have solved the country’s economic problems.
Osafo Maafo in his response stressed Ghana’s diplomatic ties with China and the huge investments Chinese companies are making in developing the country’s infrastructure, citing the $2 billion Sinohydro deal.
“We have a very good relationship with China. Today, the main company that is helping develop the infrastructure system in Ghana is Sinohydro, it is a Chinese Company. It is the one that is going to help process our bauxite and provide about two billion dollars to us… So when there are these kinds of arrangements, there are other things behind the scenes.
Putting that lady (Aisha Huang) in jail in Ghana is not going to solve your economic problems. It is not going to make you happy or me happy, that’s not important, the most important thing is that she has been deported out of Ghana,” he added.
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