Northerners "so difficult" to deal with - Minister fumes

Mr Quaitoo made the comments many Ghanaians have interpreted as ethnocentric in an interview with Accra-based Starr FM on the armyworm invasion of some farm lands in the Northern Region.

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A Deputy Minister of Agriculture, William Agyapong Quaitoo, has described northerners as people who are "so difficult" to deal and also suggested they are extortionist.

Mr Quaitoo made the comments many Ghanaians have interpreted as ethnocentric in an interview with Accra-based Starr FM on the armyworm invasion of some farm lands in the Northern Region.

Farmers in the north have been complaining about lack of assistance from the agric minister as they battle the fall armywrom invasion.

Unfazed by their concerns, the minister launched a blistering attack on them say: "Anybody in the north who said his farm was destroyed by armyworm would have to prove it.

"You see that is how our brothers, excuse my language, it is so difficult to deal with them.

"I lived there for 27 years, I speak Dagbani like a Dagomba and all that. They are very difficult people. Nobody can substantiate. If anybody says that his farm was destroyed by armyworm, the person would have to come and prove it.

"We have no records of that. It’s just a way of taking money from the government: that’s what they do all the time…”

Meanwhile there is mounting pressure on the president to fired the minister.

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