Cost Of Mistake-Riddled Indece Brochure Demanded

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Obuasi East in the Ashanti Region, Kwaku Kwarteng has called on government to make available to Ghanaians the cost of printing the error-riddled Independence Day brochure.

“The Ministry of Communication must start taking necessary steps to punish certain persons, let Ghana know how much money went into the printing of the mistake riddled IndependencDay brochure…this would enable us know who to surcharge for that…,” he argued on Adom FM Tuesday.

According to him, making the cost public would help identify the person(s) responsible for such a shoddy job. 

The brochure given out to dignitaries at the celebration of the 59th Anniversary of Ghana’s Independent was full of poor grammar, awful spelling, shocking grammatical expressions and factual inaccuracies.

Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta who was a Guest of Honour at the event was referred to as the ‘President of Ghana’. The Coat of Arms of Ghana was referred to as the ‘Coat of Arm’ with Ghana said to be ‘sitting on the equator by divine-designed’.

"Ghana is now recognised as having a attained low-income status in the world" part of the brochure read. 

These errors have led to public anger with persons blaming the Presidency and the Information Services Department (ISD) for exposing the country to public ridicule.

“It’s a disgrace for Ghana that we couldn’t put together a mistake-free brochure to mark our birthday…how can you write that Kenya President is Ghana’s President, Coat of Arms become Coat of Arm…it looks like we are joking with communication,” the MP said further.

According to Kwaku Kwarteng, his biggest challenge with the event was the cost of the mistake-filled brochures, as they are not fit for purpose and must be destroyed. 

“Government money was used in printing them…in spite of all our development challenges, we spent monies on this and yet we have to destroy them so it does not become part of our history,” he said.

He appealed to the invited guests to forgive Ghana for the errors and also do away with their copies.