Former Rector of the Ghana Institute of Public Administration (GIMPA) Professor Stephen Adei has heavily criticized famous broadcast journalist, Paul Adom Otchere for his reaction to the ex-gratia returned by Togbe Afede XIV.
According to the Professor of Economics, Togbe Afede’s action requires commendation from all well-meaning Ghanaians and not condemnation.
Speaking in an interview with Accra-based TV3, Professor Adei took the opportunity to commend Agbogbomefia of the Asogli State, for refunding the ex-gratia paid him for serving on the Council of State between 2017 and 2020.
“Togbe congratulations. He is one of my best loved people so therefore I must be careful I don’t sing your praise too much. I think that he has done right. He did not say he is not entitled to. He says that for what he has done, he does not need that one,” Prof. Adei noted.
However, the gesture of the revered traditional ruler has been described as hypocritical by the host of Good Evening Ghana on Metro TV, Paul Adom Otchere. To him, Togbe Afede acted in that manner in order to put the government of President Akufo-Addo in a bad light.
Commenting on the actions of the broadcast journalist, the former rector of GIMPA opined that Paul Adom Otchere’s reaction to Togbe Afede’s good gesture is highly despicable.
According to Prof. Adei, Paul is bringing his position as the Board Chairman of Ghana Airport Company into disrepute. He therefore advised him to learn to keep his mouth shut in certain issues considering his position in the government and his role a veteran journalist.
“What is wrong with Adom Otchere? Will he go and do that for all the other people when they have gotten other things? Adom Otchere, unfortunately, has become political rather than journalistic. By his position, he should not be the one to talk about … he is the chairman of airport company. In which capacity is he talking? There are certain ethics of certain positions that once you are in that position, if I were him, I would shut up,” Prof. Adei fumed.
He continued that, “a journalist must grow up same as a medical doctor. … I think Adom Otchere is bringing the position he is holding into disrepute. … He must learn to keep his mouth shut.”