14 Feb Be mindful of your tongue ,Minority leader advises Napo
14 Feb 2021
By Enoch Adjei
Minority Leader of the Parliament of Ghana Haruna Iddrisu has advised Minister-designate for Energy, Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh to manage his anger and be watchful how he speaks about people in the country.
The Tamale South lawmaker told his colleague representing Manhyia South during his vetting by the Appointments Committee of Parliament on Friday February 12, that he has great potential ahead of him , hence; must be mindful how he carries himself when provoked.
Mr Iddrisu’s comments come after the nominee engaged in a heated banter with North Tongu Member of Parliament Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa who sought to find out from him why he made certain comments in the past that were considered as insults to former Minister of Education Professor Jane Naana Opoku Agyeman who is Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh’s predecessor at the Education Ministry and later became the Vice – Presidential candidate for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the 2020 general election.
Mr Iddrisu said “when Honourable Ablakwa and Suhuyini were questioning you, I was not particularly happy with your mood. Mood because scrutiny of this nature as observed by one congress woman is to look at knowledge of subject matter , IQ, temperament and service to the Ghanaian people.
“What they sought to do was that in the past, maybe call it exuberance, you probably before assuming office must have had your own view about who you succeeded.
“But I noticed that you were not particularly happy and you were finding it difficult to retract even when it was necessary.
“You don’t need to comment on this, it is a personal advice to you. My mother said that each morning I should pray for my tongue. So I will leave it there, learn to pray for your tongue and learn to manage your mood and temperament because there is some potential ahead of you as a young person.
“I don’t think that we should be using those strong words. In the view of Professor Oquaye the political class will want to say something about a former Head of State and former Minister of State and we use language that when the public disrespect us we wonder who has sold us cheap to the public. So, pray for your tongue.
“I just think that you should be able to manage it, you didn’t need to be provoked.”
Reacting to the advice, the outgoing Education Minister said “Thank you Minority leader, I take the advice for all of us.”