Haruna Iddrisu, Minority Leader of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Caucus had advised Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh, Energy Minister-designate to control his anger and be mindful of his utterances about people.
Haruna Iddrisu told the Energy Minister-designate on Friday, February 12 during his vetting by the Appointment Committee at Parliament that he has great potentials, hence, must be careful of how he reacts when enraged.
Hon. Haruna’s pieces of advice were in respect of Mattew Opoku’s expression of anger when Okudzeto Ablakwa sought to know from him why he made certain unpalatable utterances about Former Education Minister Prof. Jane Naana Opoku Agyeman in the past which were considered as insults.
“When Honorable Ablakwa and Suhuyini were questioning you, I was not particularly happy with your mood. Scrutiny of this nature as observed by one congresswoman is to look at the knowledge of the subject matter, IQ, temperament, and service to the Ghanaian people.
What they sought to know was that in the past, maybe call it exuberance, you probably before assuming office must have had your own view about who you succeeded.
But I noticed that you were not particularly happy and you were finding it difficult to retract even when it was necessary,” the Minority Leader said.
Haruna Iddrisu further advised Mr. Matthew Opoku to learn how to manage his temperament as a young man with great potentials. He also asked him to pray for his tongue.
“You don’t need to comment on this. It is personal advice to you. My mother said that each morning I should pray for my tongue. So, I will leave it there, learn to pray for your tongue and learn to manage your mood and temperament because there is some potential ahead of you as a young person,” he added.
The Minister-designate for Energy, in reacting to Haruna’s submission, said, “thank you Minority leader. I take the advice for all of us.”