The Minister for Local Government and Rural Development (LGRD), Akwesi Oppong Fosu, has cautioned the District Chief Executive (DCE) for Ahafo Ano South, Gabriel Barima, over his “unacceptable conduct during a gathering of hospital employees in his district”.
The action follows an investigation by the Ministry into Mr. Barima’s conduct at a public event held last December, where he was reported to have abandoned his prepared speech to verbally attack a member of the gathering, who made a derogatory remarked at the time the DCE was delivering his speech.
According to a press release issued and signed by a Deputy Minister of LGRD yesterday, Emmanuel Kojo Agyekum, the incident which has gained popularity amongst Ghanaians, most especially in the media and on social media platforms, was finalized after the sector Minister met with the embattled DCE and the latter exhibited extreme remorse and apologized for his misconduct.
“Mr. Oppong Fosu also explained that government has taken into account the DCE’s profuse apologies and genuine show of remorse following the incident”, it said.
The statement said, Government took exception to Mr. Barima’s conduct as it goes contrary to provisions in the code of conduct for public official launched by President John Mahama last year.
“The code enjoins every public official to display utmost courtesy and decorum when interfacing with members of the public”, the statement stressed.
Before this statement, news went round that Mr. Barima had been sacked by the President but was debunked by another Deputy Minister of LGRD Baba Jamal.
In conclusion, the statement said that Mr. Barima was warned to “go and sin no more” but show better leadership qualities in his engagements with the public especially those in his area.
Meanwhile, Mr. Barima who is on record to have issued apologies in several media interviews has issued yet another apology, this time in a form of a statement, apologizing to government, chiefs and people of his district and all Ghanaians who have been affected by his unfortunate outburst.