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Whip Buaben Asamoa; some of his comments defending gov’t are insensitive – CFF-Ghana to NPP

By Eric Nana Yaw Kwafo
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The Community Focus Foundation Ghana (CFF-Ghana) has called on the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to call its Director of Communications, Mr. Yaw Buaben Asamoa to order over comments in defending the ruling government.

The Foundation in a press release dated Monday, January 10, 2022, cites multiple instances where Mr. Asamoa allegedly made insensitive statements at various media engagements.

“..we are aware that during a press conference at the party’s headquarters in Accra, on Friday, 20th August 2021, Mr. Yaw Buaben Asamoah made some disparaging and insensitive statements to the Ghanaian public on perception of hardship in the country. He said, “We are not frightened of John Mahama, we know he cannot manage the economy, so we can’t let him poison your minds because if you’re sitting your somewhere and they keep telling you ‘oh it is bad, Ghana is hard, there is corruption, Ghana is hard’. Then sometimes, you think it’s true. So we have to speak back.”

“Secondly, in trying to defend his party and government on the excruciating economic hardship bedevilling Ghanaians, Mr. Yaw Buaben Asamoa in his usual faction has recently indicated that the high cost of living is being “imported” and no one dared blame the government,” part of the statement from CFF-Ghana has said.

Appalled by the comments, the Foundation wants the leadership of the NPP to whip its Director of Communication into order.

“The NPP leadership should whip Mr. Yaw Buaben Asamoa and other party or government communicators in line to appreciate and acknowledge the plight of the suffering Ghanaians when speaking in the media,” the statement issued CFF-Ghana recommends.

Meanwhile, CFF-Ghana also wants the NPP to ensure that government communicators are guided by professional ethics in crisis communication to avoid the excesses being witnessed.

Below is the full release from CFF-Ghana:

10/01/2022

For Immediate Release:

The NPP must whip Yaw Buaben Asamoa to order; his insensitive public statements portray the regime as an insensitive one.

The Community Focus Foundation Ghana (CFF-Ghana) is deeply worried about some insensitive public statements alleged to have been made by Mr. Yaw Buaben Asamoa, former MP and Director of Communications of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) in recent times.

Though the Director of Communications in defence of his government continues to step on the toes of the Ghanaian masses, our statement herein seeks to remind the public about two (2) main instances he sheepishly took Ghanaians for granted.

Firstly, we are aware that during a press conference at the party’s headquarters in Accra, on Friday, 20th August 2021, Mr. Yaw Buaben Asamoah made some disparaging and insensitive statements to the Ghanaian public on perception of hardship in the country. He said, “We are not frightened of John Mahama, we know he cannot manage the economy, so we can’t let him poison your minds because if you’re sitting your somewhere and they keep telling you ‘oh it is bad, Ghana is hard, there is corruption, Ghana is hard’. Then sometimes, you think it’s true. So we have to speak back.”

Secondly, in trying to defend his party and government on the excruciating economic hardship bedevilling Ghanaians, Mr. Yaw Buaben Asamoa in his usual faction has recently indicated that the high cost of living is being “imported” and no one dared blame the government.

Truth be told, we are living in very difficult times but that notwithstanding, it is critically important we take collective actions to put Ghana on the path of growth and sustained progress. Clearly, the attempt by Yaw Buaben Asamoa, to keep suggesting that the suffering masses are being brainwashed in believing that there is hardship in Ghana is the most crudest expressions to have been made by a man of his stature.

Indeed, Mr. Yaw Buaben Asamoa as the Director of Communications of the NPP is free to tout the gains made by the Akufo-Addo-led government, but in doing so, he needs to admit the challenges confronting the Ghanaian people and solicit public support in dealing with the myriad of challenges facing the citizens. He should not forget that ambitious promise of reducing the suffering of Ghanaians was what gave them political power.

In conclusion, we recommend the following;

1. That the NPP leadership should whip Mr. Yaw Buaben Asamoa and other party or government communicators in line to appreciate and acknowledge the plight of the suffering Ghanaians when speaking in the media;

2. That government communicators should be guided by professional ethics in crisis communication to avoid the excesses being witnessed;

3.That the Media, CSOs, and those who speaks and it matter in Ghana should continue their ‘watchdog’ job in the nation building process;

Issued by CFF-GHANA Communications.

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Eric Nana Yaw Kwafo
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