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Ghanaian deputy minister resigns over negative comment he made during a radio programme

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Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo

William Quaido, Ghanaian Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture, has resigned from President Nana Akufo-Addo’s 110 cabinet following a negative comment he made during a radio programme about the people in the Nothern part of the country.

He said “the Northern part of the country are very difficult to please” while answering a question during the radio programme, The Guardian reports.

One of the other ministers, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto was reportedly summoned to Parliament to explain why army worms were still massively destroying crops despite the huge sums of money the government had allocated to tackle the problem. Akoto was said to have told the Parliamentarians that his Ministry had completely tackled the problem.

But the following day, some farmers in the Northern Region came out publicly to say that the Minister was being economical with the truth and that the worms were still ravaging their crops.

When this was put to Quaido during the radio programme, his response was that the Northerners are extremely difficult to please, stressing that he stayed in that part of the country for 27 years so he knew what he was saying.

He, however, offered a public apology for the comment but the Minority in Parliament, some individuals and concerned Civil Society Organisation called for his resignation despite his apology.

Just four days before Quaido’s resignation, at the New Patriotic Party (Akufo-Addo’s party), the President had issued a stern warning that as the “captain of the boat”, he would not, under any circumstances allow any party members to “rock the boat” and advised his party members be mindful of their utterances.

21 Comments

  1. Chic

    September 2, 2017 at 8:16 am

    North again???

  2. Ghanagirl

    September 2, 2017 at 8:26 am

    So. Now Nigerian blog is posting topics from. Ghanaian politics. Seriously how. Does that “KON-SIGN” your Nigeria ??????

    • Biker Chic

      September 2, 2017 at 8:48 am

      Look at this twerp. How did you ‘stumble’ on this site/news? Cos, you lot in Ghana cannot leave anything Naija alone. Be grateful girl. You should be grateful. I hv bn to Ghana. It is largely rural. Be very grateful girl that we even show interest. Be humble.

    • June

      September 2, 2017 at 9:13 am

      Really @Biker Chic ? I’m disappointed in you . She was obviously joking and you had to spew such venom ??? You can do bettter boo. You really can.

    • nene+

      September 2, 2017 at 9:27 am

      Really @ Ghanagirl? You must think BN report just national news. Your hateful reaction made you look lightweight.
      This is good news coming from Africa. I hope that their counterparts in Nigeria will learn. Lai Mohammed Senegal comment and many others ought to have resigned tey tey.

    • ***

      September 2, 2017 at 10:09 am

      @june the joke was stupid and dry
      Can you imagine? ‘Your nigeria’
      No wonder buhari beat you people out of nigeria like cattle in the 80s … housemaids oshi! Abeg bellanaija post better news

    • MurdaSheWrote

      September 2, 2017 at 3:07 pm

      Can you remind me what you’re doing on our “Nigerian blog” then? Why you want to bring divisiveness to this now huh? Don’t be dim. At least pretend you’re intelligent for the sake of ECOWAS. Why does New York Times blog about the rest of the world? Why does Vogue Arabia feature American stars on their covers? It’s called globalization. It’s called unity. Don’t be a waste. Once again, don’t be dim. Please.

  3. June

    September 2, 2017 at 10:27 am

    From the trend of hate comments on @Ghanagirl, I am going to be Ghanaian and defend her today. It’s not that deep people . Why so salty ?? @*** , you are really going to take it there ??? You feel proud with your comment ? We will be the same people to act offended when South Africans spew such yet are doing the same thing cause of a light- hearted joke comment. Let’s do better people.

    • ***

      September 2, 2017 at 11:40 am

      @june you can lick the scum off the soles of @ghanagirl’s shoes if you like, its your bloody prerogative … her joke was stupid and pointless … there is nothing ‘light-hearted’ about what she typed
      I certainly won’t go to south-african blogs to make condescending jokes about their interests and please there is no moral equivalence of what south-africans do to us to what I did to @ghanagirl … xenophobia (especially by method of murder) and my ‘salty’ comments are not the same

    • June

      September 2, 2017 at 12:29 pm

      @***- you need Jesus. Sending you a hug. Who hurt you ? A good attitude even when you do not agree with someone’s opinion is KEY honey. Such language ??? Love and humour FALL ON YOU.

    • ***

      September 2, 2017 at 12:54 pm

      @june of course I need Jesus and I am not proud to admit it … ‘who hurt me?’ @ghanagirl did … I don’t need your hug, hug a transformer and I hope the shock gets rid of your sanctimonious false etiquette … I’m not your honey abeg

  4. EFFE

    September 2, 2017 at 10:55 am

    Name of ex minister is WILLIAM QUAITOO

  5. chi

    September 2, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Ghana vs the Zoo in this article…not my concern ..my concern is the land of the rising sun BIAFRA but kudos to ghanians for having a more progressive government than the zoo..

    • ***

      September 2, 2017 at 1:27 pm

      Then this is not your forum … you should go to your death trap (biafra) just like the 60s and sell your babies for peanuts … before you do that, wait for us to execute that maniac evans so you can toss his body in okija shrine or wherever along with your pockets of low-budget shops in idumota and alaba as the filthy thing (evans) isn’t worth our soil

  6. Ephi

    September 2, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    Responding with hate to hate never solves anything. BN has always been a relatively positive place, abeg let’s keep it that way. There is no joy in using filthy words to describe other humans like you. Nuff said.

    • Abena

      September 2, 2017 at 9:55 pm

      The most sensible comment I have read. Note that not even a single person commented on the content of the article. There are politicians all over the continent using tribal comments to divide us. It doesn’t matter if it was Ghana this time, it happens all over. We need to move past this. The two comments by Ghana Girl and Biker Chic were needless, just as bad as the ethnocentric comment the minister made about Northerners.

  7. Kimani

    September 2, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    This Ghana vs Nigeria rivalry is honestly quite primitive
    I have interacted with quite a number of both nationalities and honestly you two are way more similar than different, the only difference might be temperament : Nigerians being louder and more outgoing and Ghanaians being calmer and more subtle

    Unless the rivalry is all in jest and I am missing something you two need to let it go

  8. Naa

    September 2, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    tsk tsk tsk. a deep-seated hate/disrespect displayed by some nigerians for other countries which is hard to understand.

    @bikerchic. Ghanaians should be grateful a Nigerian blog has posted a story from Ghana? meaning you think you’re better country than Ghana? Delusion maybe? Check the stories and statistics and get your facts straight. You say you’ve been to ghana and it’s mostly rural? I’ve been to Nigeria and thought same. Question is which parts of the 2 countries did we both visit?

    And the comment on “Buhari beat you people out of nigeria like cattle in the ’80s”.. Some education for you. Few Nigerians know that Ghana under the then Busia government in the ’60s FIRST conducted a mass deportation of over a half million Nigerians living in Ghana and Buhari’s action (in the ’80s) was in retaliation. Gosh, It was on this same bella naija that I realised some nigerians did not even know Highlife music originated from Ghana when they decided to bash Mr. Eazi for highlighting the influence of Ghanaian music on Nigerian music.

    The @ghanagirl prob made an unnecessary joke,, but No need to spew venom and spite in your submissions. Do check your facts first, and do not insult anyone. Same way you do not respect other countries, other countries do not respect you either which is fine. But calling people names like cattle and housemaids is not ladylike or gentlemanly.

  9. Naa

    September 2, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    tsk tsk.

    @bikerchic. Ghanaians should be grateful a Nigerian blog has posted a story from Ghana? meaning you think Nigeria is better than Ghana? Delusion maybe? Check the stories and statistics and get your facts straight. You say you’ve been to ghana and it’s mostly rural? I’ve been to Nigeria and thought same. Question is which parts of the 2 countries did we both visit?

    And the comment on “Buhari beat you people out of nigeria like cattle in the ’80s”.. Some education for you. Few Nigerians know that Ghana under the then Busia government in the ’60s FIRST conducted a mass deportation of over a half million Nigerians living in Ghana and Buhari’s action (in the ’80s) was in retaliation. Gosh, It was on this same bella naija that I realised some nigerians did not even know Highlife music originated from Ghana when they decided to bash Mr. Eazi for highlighting the influence of Ghanaian music on nigerian music.

    The @ghanagirl prob made an unnecessary joke,, but No need to spew venom and spite in your submissions. Do check your facts first, and do not insult anyone. Same way you do not respect other countries, other countries do not respect you either which is fine. But calling people names like cattle, maniacs and housemaids is not ladylike or gentlemanly.

  10. naa

    September 3, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    tsk tsk.
    @bikerchic. Ghanaians should be grateful a Nigerian blog has posted a story from Ghana? meaning you think Nigeria is better than Ghana? Delusion maybe? Check the stories and statistics and get your facts straight. You say you’ve been to ghana and it’s mostly rural? I’ve been to Nigeria and thought same. Question is which parts of the 2 countries did we both visit?

    And the comment on “Buhari beat you people out of nigeria like cattle in the ’80s”.. Some education for you. Few Nigerians know that Ghana under the then Busia government in the ’60s FIRST conducted a mass deportation of over a half million Nigerians living in Ghana and Buhari’s action (in the ’80s) was in retaliation. Gosh, It was on this same bella naija that I realised some nigerians did not even know Highlife music originated from Ghana when they decided to bash Mr. Eazi for highlighting the influence of Ghanaian music on nigerian music.

    The @ghanagirl prob made an unnecessary joke,, but No need to spew venom and spite in your submissions. Do check your facts first, and do not insult anyone. Same way you do not respect other countries, other countries do not respect you either which is fine. But calling people names like cattle, maniacs and housemaids is not ladylike or gentlemanly.

  11. maame k

    September 3, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    well [email protected][email protected] which part of Ghana did you visit if i may ask?rural you said?really?well the populated neighborhood most Nigerians live in Ghana is called Lagos Town….(Accra New Town) kindly do your checks well and its not rural please….

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