- Deputy minister for Trade and Industry, Robert Ahomka Lindsay, has apologized following comments he made concerning diasporans.
- Mr. Lindsay was a guest at the Diaspora Homecoming Summit held at the Accra International Conference Centre last Thursday.
- However the deputy trade minister sparked controversy after appearing to chide the participants when he opined that they should stop "whining" and "nagging".
Speaking at the forum, where many members of the diaspora community were present, Mr Lindsay 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."
His comments drew the ire of some investors present, and he has since become an object of scrutiny to the public.
But the deputy Trade minister has now rendered an unqualified apology to the diaspora community, though, he maintains his comments were taken out of context.
Sections of a statement released by Mr. Lindsay on Thursday July 13, 2017, reads: “None of my comments were meant to cast aspersions. They were an expression of my personal experience."
"I wish to assure the people of Ghana and all those who have been offended by the comments that I did not in any way mean to sound offensive in my presentation."
"I hold all Ghanaians in the greatest of respect and will not in any way do or say anything that will impugn their integrity", he added.