Printers’ devil shouldn’t have marred Inden’ce Day celebration Prez Mahama

President John Mahama has urged that a simple printers’ devil shouldn’t have been allowed to mar the beautiful celebration of the country’s 59th Independence Day on March 6.

He noted that the error-ridden anniversary brochure, that has been the subject of discussions on several forums, was unfortunate and a clear case of the printers’ devil.

Organisers of the 59th Independence Day celebrations have been heavily criticised for the grammatical, typographical and factual errors in the official independence brochure.

During and after the colourful event, social media was trending with the errors in the brochure, one of which referred to Uhuru Kenyata as the President of Ghana.

The errors have caused embarrassment beyond Ghana’s borders with the country becoming the laughing stock among her peers.

The controversy generated by the brochure caused the dismissal of the Acting Director of the Information Service Department (ISD), Francis Kwarteng Arthur .

Commenting on the saga, in an interview on Accra-based 3FM Monday, he said, “…I’m sure in communication you people call it the printers’ devil. It’s unfortunate. I think those mistakes are avoidable.”

President Mahama noted that “the Chief of Staff is working on it to make sure that, that doesn’t happen again,” and was of the view that, the event, “was a beautiful celebration. I don’t think should have been marred by something as simple as the printers’ devil in a brochure.”

He urged that steps must be taken to make sure “we don’t suffer any such embarrassment in the future.”

Asked why the ISD boss was sacked the President said Francis Kwarteng Arthur “said he saw the mistakes in the morning and he had to take a decision whether to distribute it or not to distribute. I would have thought that the Chairman of the celebrations planning committee would have been consulted” on what to do.

He noted that Mr Arthur wrote to take responsibility for the incident and added that the final decision was “within the purview of the Chief of Staff to deal with [it] and make sure it doesn’t happen anymore.”

Story by Ghana | | Ernest Dela Aglanu (Twitter: @delaXdela / Instagram: citizendela)

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