I owe nobody an apology, Nunoo-Mensah insists
The National Security Adviser, Brigadier-General Nunoo-Mensah (rtd), says he will not apologise for comments he made to the effect that public workers who are not ready to sacrifice and work should take their passports and ‘get out of the country’.
Brigadier-General Nunoo-Mensah (rtd) who said this at the inauguration of a nine-unit classroom block at the O’Reilly Senior High School Saturday, had suggested that the government should no longer tolerate the phenomenon of workers laying down their tools every now and then, instead of using dialogue to resolve their grievances.
‘If anybody goes on strike, he should not be paid. If you cannot sacrifice for the country the way some of us have done, then get out,’ he said. (Click to listen to the audio)
His comments have triggered criticism and condemnation from a cross-section of the public.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) Monday even called for him to be sacked by President John Mahama.
But Brigadier-General Nunoo-Mensah Tuesday told the BBC that he was standing by his comments.
He reiterated the point that Ghanaian workers should sacrifice, adding that those who embark on strikes must not be paid their salaries.
He said: ’No government either in America or Britain can pay you all that you want. If what we are paying you is not sufficient for, you are at Liberty to leave for a better place. That is the point I’m making. But don’t live in Ghana and destroy the country. We need to make sacrifices – all of us.’
The National Security Adviser said he owed nobody an apology for the comments
‘Apology for what? For saying that I won’t pay you when you are on strike? I should apologise to you for staying on strike and saying I should pay you? What apology do I have? I owe nobody any apology,’ he insisted.
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