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General News of Wednesday, 22 August 2018


Quit not – Asiedu Nketia pleads with Otiko

General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia has appealed to the immediate past Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection Otiko Afisa Djaba to reconsider her decision to decline the president’s offer to serve as Ghana’s Ambassador to Italy.

Johnson Asiedu Nketia said although Madam Otiko Djaba has the right to quit her job, her decision raises a lot of questions.

“Yes, she has the right to quit her job if she is not satisfied but I want her to rethink her decision because it can dent her political future and forward match,” he said on Accra-based Neat FM monitored by

Mr Asiedu Nketia’s comment comes after the 56-year-old announced that she was retiring from active politics.

The former minister announced her decision to turn down the ambassadorial job to Daily Graphic newspaper through an interview.

President Nana Akufo-Addo has, in a reshuffle of his government, relieved Madam Otiko Djaba of her job as a minister of gender and has subsequently appointed her as Ghana’s Ambassador for Italy.

She has indicated that she is taking a step back from politics to spend more time with her family and also take care of her ex-husband who has suffered a stroke.

“I cannot abandon him now,” the former Minister told Daily Graphic.

But Mr Asiedu Nketia has pleaded with her to reconsider her decision since her position may affect her future political development.

According to Mr Nketia, the former minister may have taken such a decision because she knows she would not be welcomed in Italy.

“I also believe she is taking the decision because she thinks she will not be welcomed in Italy hence to prevent any disgrace, she has decided to quit her job but she should be mindful because it may affect her,” he said.

Mr Asiedu Nketia suggested to Otiko Djaba to look at an alternative means of addressing her whole problem.