Manage your temper, you have a great future – Haruna to Napo

Minority Leader 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 of 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 Opoku Prempeh’s predecessor at the Education Ministry.

Mr Iddrisu said “when the 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.”

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