- NPP National Youth Organizer has chided a Deputy Trade Minister over a "whining" comment made during a summit
- He says the Deputy Minister does not emulate the demeanor of the president who appointed him
- The Deputy Minister made the comment last week during a summit in Accra
Mr. Sammy Awuku, the ruling New Patriotic Party's (NPP) National Youth Organizer has admonished Deputy Trade and Industry Minister, Mr. Ahomka Lindsay over a controversial comment made during a summit.
Last week Thursday, during the Diaspora Homecoming Summit held at the Accra International Conference Center, Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Robert Ahomka told investors to "stop whining," and that nobody likes "whiners".
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“Nobody likes whiners, people that spend all the time whining all the time really get on people’s nerves so stop whining,” said Mr. Ahomka-Lindsay.
After receiving a rather blunt response from investor, who rhetorically asked, "Who travels 3,000 miles to be a whiner?", the Deputy Minister eventually after a week issued a statement saying that his comments were not meant to offend anyone. In his statement, Deputy Minister Ahomka-Linsey stated that his comments were "expressions" meant to convey his experience.
He did, however, stop short of making a full blown apology in his written statement, but rather asked Ghanaian's to take a look at the full speech on Youtube.
"The clip being shown referred to section 1 of the speech. Listening to it independent of the other three sections gives a completely different meaning to the speech I would implore all that want to get a true picture of my speech to look at it on YouTube." Said the Deputy Minister in his statement.
Although speaking on Joy News on Thursday, July 13th, Mr. Sammy Awuku criticized Deputy Minister Ahomka Lindsay behavior, saying that it would erode the goodwill people have towards the elected government.
Mr. Awuku added that Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Ahomka-Lindsay's complaint about his phone constantly ringing didn't exactly follow that of the President, who allegedly works long hours consistently.
See video clip of Minister's comments and response below:
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