Deputy Agric Minister William Quaitoo Resigns Form His Post
| Updated Aug 30, 2017 at 7:00am
Deputy Agric Minister William Quaitoo.
The Deputy Minister for Agriculture, William Quaitoo has resigned.
His resignation comes days after intense criticism over what many have described as ethnocentric comments about people from the three regions of the North.
Director of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin confirmed President Akufo-Addo on Tuesday evening, accepted his resignation.
Although Mr. Quaitoo, who is also the Member of Parliament for Akim Oda, has apologized, many seen his apology as not enough.
The minority in Parliament and some people within government have called for his head.
President Akufo-Addo thanked Mr. Quaitoo for his service to Ghana.
It may be recalled that on Monday, August 28, the Minority National Democratic Congress (NDC) in parliament in a statement, demanded an immediate resignation of Mr. Quaitoo.
According to the Minority caucus, the Deputy Minister instead of speaking for government to be sensitive to the plight of the farmers in relation to the invasion of their farms and subsequent destruction by army worms, he rather chastised them and heaped accusations at them and called “the entire people of the North unreasonable people, accomplished liars, lazy people, and thieves who persistently steal from the coffers of the state…”.
According to them, he limped all the farmers of the three Northern regions together and rained insults them.
Farmers across the country have fallen victim to the devastating menace of the Fall Army Worms. Livelihoods of many families have been compromised by these Army Worm invasions and the three Northern Regions are no exception with large hectares of maize farms destroyed.
The Minority describes his statement as ethnocentric and tribal in nature.