Brochure Brouhaha: Own up, take responsibility Nduom tells Mahama

Founder of the Progressive People’s Party, Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom has urged President Mahama to own up and take full responsibilities for the 59th Independent day brochure gaffe that has caused Ghana embarrassment within the international community.

Dr. Nduom wants the President to render an apology to the nation and pledged to ensure that such problems do not recur.

In an interview with TV3, President Mahama described the errors as contained in the Independence Day anniversary brochure as unfortunate, stressing that the errors were avoidable and should not have happened.

“The responsibility goes with one person; the leader of the land. President John Mahama, he takes all credit, he takes all blame and this is one important huge error… he is the one we must hold accountable,” said Dr Nduom.

“He is the one who appointed all ministers who served or had anything to do with the Independence Day celebration…he is the one who appointed the staff at the Flagstaff House who supervised this work”, Dr Nduom declared.

The Independence Day brochure contained a very serious diplomatic misrepresentation. It stated that Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, who was the Special Guest of Honour, was the President of the Republic of Ghana.

The brochure also had some incomprehensible grammatical expressions and a host of others.

Reacting to the president’s comments that the mistakes were a printer’s devil, Dr Nduom said, as the Head of State of Ghana, the President must be held responsible because, on the day of the Anniversary, he became the very embodiment of Ghana to the outside world.

“Indeed, he assumed full constitutional duty as the Commander-In-Chief of Ghana Armed Forces, inspecting the guard of honour mounted by the Security Agencies and others at the special anniversary parade.”

According to Dr. Nduom, the responsibility goes with one person, the leader of the land, President Mahama, stressing that he takes all the blame and this is one important huge error that he (President) should be held responsible for.

Dr. Nduom said the dismissal of the acting Director of the Information Service Department, Francis Kwarteng Arthur has been used as a scapegoat from the main unit and that indicates incompetence on the part of the Ghanaian leadership.

“When an organization is not about leadership when an organization is not about accountability and taking responsibility for leadership that is what happens. It sacrifices the little people and leaves those who really have power, who have authority to sit there and continue to do the things that take the organisation backwards” Dr Nduom declared.

“He added that it is this negative attitude that brings dumsor, unemployment, cholera, meningitis, illiteracy and poverty in the midst of plenty.”


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