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Armyworms faux pas: Deputy Agric Minister resigns

There was pressure on William Agyapong Quaitoo to resign

Deputy Minister of Agriculture, William Agyapong Quaitoo has succumbed to pressure as he finally resigns from his position.

The Member of Parliament for Akim Oda tendered in his resignation letter to the president with immediate effect.

The Director of Communications at the Presidency, Mr. Eugene Arhin who announced on his Facebook page Tuesday did not state when he submitted his resignation letter.

The post on the microblog however stated that President Nana Akufo-Addo accepted his decision.

“The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, this evening accepted the resignation from office of the Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Hon. William Quaitoo, MP, which takes immediate effect.

“The President wished him the very best in his future endeavours,” he wrote.

The Deputy Minister has come under intense criticisms for days after passing uncomplimentary comment about people from the Northern region in the wake of the armyworms invasion.

DIFFICULT PEOPLE

Mr Quaitoo who lived in the Northern region for about 27 years was reported to have referred to the people of the north as “difficult people”.

This attracted barrage of criticisms from civil society groups in the north, the Minority in Parliament and some appointees in government.

APOLOGY

Following the round condemnation, Mr. Quaitoo “unreservedly, retracted and apologized sincerely” for his disparaging comments, which many considered ethnocentric.

Nonetheless, the Minority who described his comments as “unprovoked attack on the people of the three northern regions” demanded his resignation. Read more here

Also, Presidential Staffer, Clara Napaga Tia Sulemana indirectly backed the Minority’s demand, claiming the apology was not enough.

“A mere apology is not what we are demanding but more. It is tribalistic statements like these from the very few  ones like you that makes life very difficult for the NPP in the north. Dagombas are Northerners, Ghanaians and are humans as well, who also have blood running through our veins. We deserve far better from your likes…” she took the minister to the cleaners on Facebook.

With a growing demand for his resignation, Mr. William Agyapong Quaitoo bowed to pressure and resigned as deputy Minister of Agriculture.

By Isaac Essel | 3news.com | Ghana

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