Beyond the apparent fact that Cecilia Dapaah is currently the most prominent name in the news across Ghana, there are two key components of this 2019 story that are also about her that you should find interesting.
It all began when a story about an intern who had the shock of her life after calling the minister to request an interview leaked, along with an audio clip from the Multimedia Group.
The former minister of sanitation and water resources, Cecilia Dapaah, could be heard yelling at the intern in the recording, which quickly gained a lot of attention online. She said that whomever gave the intern her instructions did not respect her or her job enough to have permitted such a thing.
What was the matter she was referring to? Below, you may read her precise words:
“You’re a student intern? Who authorised you to phone me and have such a direct conversation with me? You don’t respect,” she stated in Twi before skipping the rest of the sentence.
At some point, the editor of this intern had to contact the minister, and in her reply, she reaffirmed what she had mentioned about the disrespect she had experienced as a result of that phone call.
“You wouldn’t let a student call a minister; a lady my age, please respect the office.” If you can’t respect me as a person, at least respect the office. How can a student phone your minister? Ah,” she muttered.
That concludes the first section of this essay, but readers will be much more interested in the second section.
And once there was a public outrage about the information in this interview, this is what happened.
The ministry responded with an explanation of their side of the situation and what they claim was the cause of the minister Cecilia Dapaah’s lack of interest in the interview.
According to the PR Unit of the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources’ statement, the station’s editor ought to have asked her questions prior to the interview.
They stated that the minister will neither intimidate or be impolite to any media persons since he understands the importance of the media as a partner in the overall scheme of national affairs.
It should be noted for the sake of the records that the Minister was attending a meeting when she received the call and was, thus, requesting that the reporter call later.
Additionally, she believed that the news editor ought to have approached her for the interview sooner. In spite of the reporter being an intern, the sector minister didn’t ignore her.
However, the rejoinder stated, “We are of the opinion that looking at the issues for discussion, it would have been ideal for a senior reporter to have conducted the interview with the minister, as the senior reporter would have been in a better position to appreciate the issues more clearly from a technical point of view.
In an opinion piece titled “Sanitation Minister Nearly Shatter My Dreams – The Story of a Young Female Journalist,” the intern at the centre of this controversy, Rahinatu Abdul Bach, who was a student of the Ghana Institute of Journalism at the time, described how she felt denigrated during that interview with Cecilia Dapaah.
There are presently many requests for the former minister to be looked into in relation to the significant quantities of money that were allegedly taken from her home, a case that is also currently before an Accra Circuit Court.