General News of Sunday, 2 February 2014
Lawyer Yaw Oppong has cautioned the Senior Communications Advisor and Presidential Spokesperson, Ben Dotse Malor, to be very careful with documents that are issued from the presidency bearing his signature.
“... the sign here syndrome, if he does not check it, it is going to be something that will break him down,” he advised.
His comments come on the back of a statement that was issued from the Presidency on Friday dated 31st January 2013 instead of 31st January 2014.
Giving reasons for his concerns on Citi FM's news analysis programme,The Big Issue Lawyer Oppong was of the view that mistakes in dates can open the door for legal issues based on technicalities.
“First of all, the issue of the date is very significant because it is an official document from government,” he said.
He mentioned that although he [Ben Dotse Malor] might not check some of these things because it is coming from an official, the issue of dates on statements is not something that should be compromised on adding that Mr. Ben Dotse Malor must be vigilant.
“Let’s not behave like the ostriches, these people he is coming to lead, they can really do him in,” he cautioned.
Lawyer Oppong also cited Vickie Hammah's gaffe with her speech as an example, saying this should inform heads of government institutions to be vigilant and always ensure that what they put out to represent the government “is free from errors and problems.”
He therefore called on the Presidency to “withdraw the current statement” that was issued and issue another statement.