Deputy Minister Of Tourism Okraku Mantey Defends Finance Minister’s ‘Government Payroll Is Full’ Comment

Deputy minster of tourism, Mark Okraku Mantey does not see anything wrong with the finance minister, Ken Ofori-Atta’s unfortunate ‘government payroll is full’ comment

Infact Mark Okraku Mantey who referred to the finance minister as his uncle, lauded his ‘uncle’ for speaking the hard truth something he believes many are unable to do

Speaking in an interview with Accra-based Hitz Fm, the minister threw his support behind the finance minister when he said the Government payroll is full infront of fresh graduates from the University of Professional Studies (UPS) where he was invited as a guest speaker to deliver a speech at the graduation ceremony

Okraku Mantey said he understands the negative reaction from citizens due to the finance minister’s comment but he believes that is our reality and the truth must be spoken at all times

“My uncle Ken Ofori-Atta, I like him and I like him for what he said. Let us not be emotional about it. Sometimes our certificates deceive us, I have a master’s degree so I must do this. Let us not rely on our certificates. Take prudent decisions”

“Entrepreneurship is an attitude, I think it is an attitude that we must teach the younger ones right from scratch. My father taught me, he will lead me to the shop and ask me to sell. You identify opportunities”

“You don’t have to go to school and say when I finish I am going to GRA, no, that is not how we build a nation”

“So my uncle, I call him the man in the white shirt, Ken Ofori-Atta, what he said I know it is something that is bothering a lot of people in the society but we are unable to talk about it because it is a no-go area”

“Because the youth will get angry, they will not understand because they were not taught some of these things….and I can assure the youth that all the great rich men in the world are sellers.

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