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General News of Saturday, 6 May 2017

Source: Peace FM

Ghana Flag gaffe: Adu Asare slams state protocol

Former Presidential Staffer, Adu Asare has lambasted State Protocol for the recent official gaffe that saw the Ghana flag turned upside down during the state visit of the Gambian President, Adama Barrow, to the Flagstaff House.

The gaffe was apparent at the Flagstaff House when the President Nana Akufo-Addo sat for a photo with the visiting President.

The national flag which is red, gold and green was pictured upside down in what obviously appears to be an oversight on the part of the protocol office.

Meanwhile, the Gambia's national flag was correctly represented with its traditional red, blue and green separated by white stripes.

President Nana Addo on Tuesday arrived in the Togolese capital, Lome, to a rousing welcome from residents at the commencement of his 3-day visit to the country.

The President together with his entourage, during his visit, also met with the Togolese President, Faure Gnassingbé to discuss some bilateral issues.

It appears there was another official gaffe which also saw the Ghana Flag being positioned upside down.

Addressing the issue on Peace FM's Kokrokoo, Hon. Adu Asare expressed worry over the faux pas and questioned the work of the State Protocol Department.

According to him, the State Protocol Department seems to be shirking its responsibility adding that the continuous gaffe regarding the Ghana Flag is embarrassing the country.

“Have we so soon forgotten about what makes us a State?” he asked, wondering how the Presidential protocol could have allowed such a blatant oversight to occur.

He cautioned the Government of Ghana to take keen note of the Ghana Flag which showcases the image and integrity of the country.

“Two times in a space of one week is something unacceptable. Somebody should be up and doing. We’re talking about Ghana here. It’s not partisan issue we’re talking about here. Sometimes, people try to push such issues into the political arena…I think we should elevate that discussion to a point where State Protocol Department will be put to work,” the former Presidential Staffer stated.

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