- Head of the Information Service Department (ISD) says he noticed errors in the Independence Brochure just few hours to the parade
- Francis Kwarteng has thus apologized and accepted responsibility for the gaffe
- Workers of the ISD have also protested against the comments of Francis Kwarteng as they claim not having any knowledge about the brochures
There has been a latest twist to the controversial Independence Day brochure development as Director of the Information Service Department (ISD), Francis Kwarteng Arthur has accepted full responsibility for the errors.
Addressing a cross-section of the press in Accra, the embattled Francis Kwarteng Arthur revealed that he detected the structural errors just few hours to the start of the event hence his inability to withdraw all brochures considering the large numbers of which was printed for the event.
"I felt everything was being taken care of until the early hours of Sunday when I saw the final output, I noticed that his Excellency president Uhuru Kenyatta had been misrepresented as the president of Ghana and you have 3,000 copies so the dilemma was should the parade go ahead without the brochure, and I must state here that I took the decision that the brochure should go out and indeed the brochure went out. I am assuming full responsibility for the content of the brochure…I assume full responsibility,” Mr. Kwarteng Arthur added.
The error-ridden Event Brochure, which outlined the programme of the 59th Independence Day Parade at the Black Starr Square which also gave some historical facts about Ghana, named Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta as the “President of the Republic of Ghana”.
The brochure also mistakenly added that “Ghana is now recognized as having attained low-income status in the world,” part of the Event Brochure erroneously stated. The Brochure also went ahead to state that “Ghana is strategically positioned on the equator making her the centre of the globe. And like the sun, she radiates light to all parts of the world!”
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Meanwhile, Executive Director of the Institute of Democratic Governance (IDEG) Dr. Emmanuel Akwetey has called on Francis Kwarteng Arthur to immediately resign arguing that the apology rendered by him does not in any way atone for the embarrassment he has caused the President and the country.
“He must resign, the apology is just not enough, he is purely incompetent, and Parliament must get involved and engage in a nonpartisan debate over it and get this matter fixed. These errors have caused embarrassment of unquantified proportion to the nation and the President,” he insisted