Mona Quartey: ‘Rubbish’ in brochure could be outcome of over-excitement


Deputy Finance Minister, Mona Quartey, has suggested that the bloopers that were printed in this year’s Independence Day anniversary brochure could have been the result of over-excitement for the national event by the authors.

“Clearly, whoever wrote this things got carried away and started writing rubbish,” she said on Newsfile, a news analysis programme that aired on Saturday on Joy FM and the Joy News channel on Multi TV.

The Deputy Minister arrived at this conclusion probably because like many Ghanaians, she cannot fathom how widespread factual inaccuracies and grammatical errors came to be printed in the booklet that was distributed to many foreign and national dignitaries at the state event.

Other explanations for the historic gaffes, however, have suggested sinister motives.

President for think tank, IMANI Ghana, Franklin Cudjoe, for instance thinks the errors in the 59th Independence Day brochure were deliberately done to embarrass President John Mahama.

Although the specific authors of the booklet remain unknown, Presidential staffer Stan Dogbe who was in charge of the Flagstaff House Communication was responsible for the embarrassment.

The errors in the 30-page document have caused commentators to criticise government on many media platforms, especially on social media.

Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta, one of two African Presidents invited to the March 6 anniversary was designated as the President of Ghana in the error-ridden brochure.

Authors of the brochure also erroneously described the country as a low income country when in fact Ghana is a lower middle income country, among a barrage of other spelling and factual errors.

The mistakes have gotten Ghanaians both home and abroad angry and embarrassed as twitter and facebook were flooded with ridicule and embarrassing comments about Ghana..

Initially, the Information Services Department (ISD) who initially was blamed for the debacle but workers at the state institution later revealed that the Flagstaff House Communications Bureau was responsible for the production of the booklet.

Acting Director of ISD, Francis Kwateng Arthur, has since been sacked after he claimed responsibility for the error-ridden brochure.

Speaking on Newsfile, Mona Quartey said, notwithstanding the embarrassment the booklet brought to the nation, there have been important lessons.

She said the government officials and even private individuals would now become more diligent in their endeavors.

Click audio link to listen to Mona speak on Newsfile.