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Sack your Deputy Minister or we show you northerners are really Thieves, Difficult to Handle – a Group Threatens

dya pictPressure is mounting on President Nana Akuffo-Addo to show his Deputy Minister of Foods and Agriculture, Mr. William Agyapong Quaitto the exit.

This call is following Mr. Quaitto who was reported in the media to have said “If anybody

who is the north and said his farm was destroyed by fall armyworm the person must prove it. Our brothers (in the North) it is so difficult to deal with them. I lived there for 27 years, I speak Dagbani like a Dagomba and all that. They are very difficult people. Nobody can substantiate. If anybody says that his farm was destroyed by armyworm, the person would have to come and prove it. We have no records of that. It’s just a way of taking money from the government: that’s what they do all the time…”

This was when he was responding to complaints from farmers in the north suggesting that their farms have been destroyed by the fall armyworm and therefore appealing for some form of compensation from government.

His comment and assertion the Democratic Youth Alliance (DYA), Northern Chapter and many other prominent personalities from the North including Minority in Parliament found as a total insult and a calculated attempt by the deputy minister to demean the people of the north.

Though the Deputy Minister has come out publicly to apologies, the group in the statement signed by Mr. Hairat Yussif, President, DYA – Northern Chapter said no such apology can stop them from showing the president how thieves and difficult they are to deal with unless his sacks his minister. According to DYA, since the minister has studies and knows the people of the north close 27years, he certainly knows what is was talking about and any apology from the him will only be seen as adding salt to our injury.

For the deputy minister to say he stayed with us for 27years and thus knows us inside out cannot be underscored. Interestingly, he used 27 years to study how insincere, difficult and thieves we are.

An apology from the minister will only be seen as adding salt to our injury. That is because you cannot be sorry for saying something you studied and knew for the past 27years.

Read their full statement:

PRESS RELEASE

SACK DEPUTY MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE OR WE SHOW YOU NORTHERNERS ARE REALLY THIEVES AND DIFFICULT TO HANDLE — DEMOCRATIC YOUTH ALLIANCE (NORTHERN CHAPTER) 28/08/2017.

We, members of DEMOCRATIC YOUTH ALLIANCE (NORTHERN CHAPTER) write with a burdened heart to draw your (HE Nana Addo) attention to the most derogatory and naked insult hailed on us by one of your ‘men’ (Ministers) in person of Mr William Quaittoo (at this point, its difficult to address him as an Hon) some few days ago in an interview with Starr fm (an Accra based radio station) with regards to the invasion and the subsequent destruction of our crops by the deadly army worm that has brought farmers on their knees across the  country in recent times.

We have continuously been at the receiving end of a lot of diatribe vitriolic from your party – the NPP, some which sound as  ‘any car/cargo you see carrying charcoal to Accra, is from the north’ ~ Madam Ursula Owusu,  ‘….but for free education, all northerners would have been cattle herd men’ ~ Madam Ursula Owusu, among others. It’s now clear that the periodic diatribes are deliberate and well calculated to make us (northerners) appear and look inferior to other regions in the country. Despite the vitriolic, we came out in our numbers and voted for the NPP as against our own son and brother HE John Dramani Mahama who, we can say with all sincerity that he has always been there for us, in the 2016 general election. Let’s be quick to add that, our massive endorsement of NPP should never be mistaken to be an endorsement or an enjoyment of the rather piecing insults your men have subjected us to but a deliberate move to put your juicy talking party to test as to enable us make an informed decision going forward because you (HE Nana Addo) told us to try you.

This insult by the Deputy Minister has opened our eyes in relation to why it took the government almost a month to come to our aid when we were hit by flood recently. We are now fully aware that the NPP government never trusted us when we were crying all over, assisted by our MPs calling for help from them. Government probably saw it as a ploy to dupe them.

That’s very sad and demeaning. We must point out now that, we were surprised when the Vice President, our own brother flew to the north only to assess and be sure our house were flooded. It was however disheartening to have heard from government that we should go and sleep with our families, friends and neighbors because they don’t have money to help us out. We also saw on national television our own brother (Dr Bawumia) flew to Sierra Leone within the shortest possible time with relieve items solicited from cooperate bodies and individuals. Isn’t it very interesting?

The insults and embarrassment suffered in the hands of NPP apparatchiks are just one too many. The fact that our elders have continuously appealed to us to remain calm doesn’t mean we can continue stomaching daily insults and  verbal abuses from people who are supposed to know better.

 

For the deputy minister to say he stayed with us for 27years and thus knows us inside out cannot be underscored. Interestingly, he used 27 years to study how insincere, difficult and thieves we are.

An apology from the minister will only be seen as adding salt to our injury. That is because you cannot be sorry for saying something you studied and knew for the past 27years.

Surprisingly, in the midst of these humiliations, our Northern vice president seems not to care but rather chose to do propaganda when he got the opportunity to condemn the insult on us by William Agyapong Quitoo.

It is now becoming clear that the religious balance we voted for seems not to favour us the Northerners with the continuous silence of our Northern brother.

We are therefore calling on Mr President to as a matter of urgency dismiss that man or he seizes to extend his deputy ministerial mandate to the northern sector because we won’t stop at anything to prove how difficult we are. We have stated our position, Mr President, but we know, today, you have the final say. You can decide to ignore our call and hopefully, we shall showcase our insincerity when the time comes.

Thanks.

Cc:

The president of the Republic of Ghana.

All media houses

All social media platforms

….Signed….

Hairat Yussif,

President (DYA – Northern chapter).

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About Efo Korsi Senyo

Efo Korsi Senyo has over 4 years experience working as investigative journalist with Awake Africa. He is the Head of Awake Investigates. Connect with him via senyo@awakeafrica.com or WhatsApp: +233249155003

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