“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 endeavors,” the statement read Tuesday.
Hon. William Quaitoo who’s also the Member of Parliament for Akim Oda has in the past few days come under heavy criticism and pressure from a section of the public to resign over his tribal comments against people from Northern Ghana after describing them as “difficult people”.
In an interview with Starr FM, the former Deputy Minister while commenting on the farmers from the North demand for compensation for their crops destroyed by the army worm epidemic said “the people of the North are difficult people, I lived with them, and I know them. This is just to take money from the Government.”
But he subsequently apologized for his “unguarded” statement, but that was not enough to assuage the feelings of the Northerners.
A Presidential Staffer Clara Napaga Tia Sulemana waded into the controversy and said the apology offered by her colleague in government was not enough for an offense such as insulting an ethnic group.
The Minority in Parliament also called on President Akufo-Addo to sack Hon. Quaitoo for his unguarded statement.
In a statement signed by the Minority leader Haruna Iddrisu Monday, the Minority described the comments by the deputy minister as unjustifiable and unacceptable.
“We find it totally unjustifiable and unacceptable that the Deputy Minister would label the entire people of the three Northern Regions who he says he has lived with for 27 years, as unreasonable people, accomplished and persistent liars, people with a high propensity for perpetrating fraud, people who all the time use these fraudulent acts to steal money from the state.
“…Should he fail to quit these office voluntarily and now, we call on the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, to fire him immediately as a mark of his revulsion against this unprovoked and reckless ethnocentric bigotry against the entire people of the three Northern Regions” the statement said.