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“Some people in govt should have resigned based on principle”-Nyaho-Tamakloe

Politician, and former Football administrator , Dr. Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe has called on young individuals in the country to practice what he has described as the ‘principle of resignation’.

According to the renowned football administrator, Ghanaians need to hold firm their principles and be bold enough to resign if there is any form of problem created by other individuals to undermine or sabotage their work.

In an interview on Citi TV’s Footprints programme hosted by Samuel Attah-Mensah, Dr. Nyaho-Tamaloe was of the view that there are certain individuals in this current government who should have resigned based on principles but are still at post.

“I think firstly if the youth of this culture learns the culture of resignation. The culture of resignation is not in us. Resigning on principle, when there’s a problem you are handling and there is a body that is against what you are trying to do, be bold enough take a pen and resign… There are a lot of people in Government today who should have resigned long ago and they are there.”

Responding to a question on some values needed by the younger generation, Dr. Nyaho-Tamakloe cited himself as an example and tasked young people to be also bold to “resign on principle.”

According to him, he resigned in 2005 as the President of the Ghana Football Association after Mr. Yaw Osafo Maafo who was then Minister of Youth and Sports tried to use unconventional means to take him off his role as GFA President

“Yaw Osafo Maafo had been sent to the Ministry of Youth and Sports, He was a very good friend but he failed to know the kind of person that I am. We had a couple of meetings … It was when I left that Kwesi Nyantakyi came on the scene. In one of the meetings he (Yaw Osafo Maafo) said to me the people don’t want you there and asked me to step down, but I got annoyed with them. I told him you didn’t appoint me, how dare you tell me to step aside. I banged the door and left. I wrote my resignation letter and sent it to my driver to give to them.”

The former Ambassador to Serbia and Montenegro also described as unfortunate, the practice of labeling people who try to advise or criticize the government as targets.

“And unfortunate when ever you are trying to help a Government or advice or criticize them you are seen as a target and all sorts of things are done against you and it is happening even today and that is very unfortunate. Young people should be able to say no on principle.”


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