Former Member of Parliament for Asokwa, Maxwell Kofi Jumah has rendered an unqualified apology to the Coalition of Concerned Teacher (CCT) over his comments in response to an ultimatum to the president-elect for the restoration of teacher trainee allowances.
The Former Deputy Local Government Minister and Rural Development described as ridiculous the call by the Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT) on president-elect, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to restore teacher trainee allowances within its first 100 days in office.
Reacting to the coalition’s call, Mr Jumah said it was unfair on their part to give the incoming NPP an ultimatum.
“Nana Akufo-Addo made a promise and it spans for four years. But to put a gun to his head and give him an ultimatum of 100 days, that is what is ridiculous. If they know how to give ultimatums, I think that they should redirect their ultimatum to the previous government,” he stated.
But after being tongue-lashed for his comments, Mr Jumah claimed he was caught off guard while granting the interview and should therefore be pardoned.
He shared his apology on his official facebook wall.
“My friends, thanks for your advice and direction. It was never my intention to attack teachers as a whole. Indeed I am very much aware of the overwhelming support that the NPP got from teachers. I went overboard and I sincerely apologize for that. I was caught off guard. And it was very unfortunate. I sincerely believe Nana will deliver on his promise to our teachers and to Ghanaians. Once again accept my apologies”