Victoria Hammah Decries Personal Attacks

Victoria Lakshmi Hamah

Victoria Lakshmi Hamah

The Deputy Communications Minister-designate Victoria Lakshmi Hamah says the unfortunate attack on her shortly after she was nominated for the position was an attack on women.

According to Victoria Hamah, some of the attacks came from persons who had no work experience at all but suddenly appeared to have acquired a PhD and expertise on political appointments.

She was responding to a question posed by Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Member of Parliament (MP) for North Tongu and a member of the Appointments Committee of Parliament who said he was scandalized by the heavy dose of attacks, especially on social media platforms, against the nominee.

Ms Hamah said her position was only to help drive the policy of government and not to be at the forefront in terms of day-to-day operations at the Ministry.

She said her appointment as deputy minister was a clear show of confidence in women and in the youth, adding that she represents the two constituencies which were supportive of the Mahama administration.

Answering a question on how she would fight cyber fraud in the country, Victoria Hamah told members of the Committee on Tuesday that the incidence of cyber fraud in Ghana has dire consequences on the country and the international community.

The deputy minister-designate recounted how the internet was used proficiently to execute the September 11 terrorist attack on the US.

She told committee members she lived in a neighbourhood where the youth were heavily involved in cyber fraud and called for urgent attention in resolving the crisis.

She said even in the US which has robust security features and ICT infrastructure, terrorists managed to break through the system to cause havoc.

‘We must have global cooperation of all countries to fight the cyber fraud because internet is borderless,’ she intimated.

Victoria Hamah described as mischievous and uninformed criticisms against two TV shows she hosted before her nomination.

The Chocolate Factory, which was aired on Multi TV and Hard Talk on TV3, were known to have discussed sexually explicit materials but the deputy minister- designate said her shows were not just about sex but other significant issues about family values, anger management and suicides in Ghana.

Ms Hamah paid glowing tribute to the First Lady, Lordina Mahama for helping her transit from student politics to national politics.

She said Mrs Mahama helped in finding her footing in the NDC.

She said the First Lady motivated her to be part of President Mahama’s government in order to encourage other women to play an active part in national politics.