The Chairman of the board of the National Youth Agency, Sammy Awuku is unhappy with the bad publicity that has characterised the aftermath of a visit to former President John Agyekum Kufuor by Ghanaian artiste, Wendy Shay and the Youth Employment Ambassadors.
Wendy Shay after the visit posted a photo she took with John Agyekum Kufuor on her Instagram page, which brought her a lot of backlash on social media.
The picture at the centre of the controversy
In the photo, Wendy Shay was seated by Kufuor on a sofa with the former president looking in the direction of the artiste.
The photo which went viral on social media was captioned: “Kufuor pe hwe. Finally, met my former chief Uber driver.”
In a Facebook post, the YEA Board Chairman said the social media commentary that came with the visit of the YEA Ambassadors and the management to Former President Kufuor was “definitely not the kind of publicity and feedback the Board of YEA expected.”
Sammy charged the management to “ensure that Ambassadors stick to the highest level of professionalism when paying such courtesy calls.”
“Management must also ensure that the Ambassadors use these visits to project the very vision of the Board and Project the new employment opportunities the Agency is offering to the teeming unemployed Youth of our Country,” he added.
He noted that standards must be set for all those who are ready to comply.
“Those willing to cooperate should be supported and welcomed and those unwilling to go by these standards must be shown the exit. Let’s be focused and not major in the minors as we rally round to provide jobs for the many unemployed youth of our country,” he concluded.
Wendy Shay’s Apology
Meanwhile, Wendy Shay has apologized to former President John Agyekum Kufuor for the post which has been described by many as disrespectful.
Read Wendy Shay’s apology below:
“On the 4th of July, 2019, I posted an image of myself and His Excellency Former President John Agyekum Kuffour on my social media timeline. This was after I visited him with my fellow Youth Employment Agency Ambassadors officially. The image I posted went viral on social media for the wrong reasons and I will wish to render an unqualified apology to His Excellency and the board and Management of the Youth Employment Agency. I had no intention of bringing his good image into any public disrepute. I would wish to apologize to the general public as well with most of the comments being directed to my outfit. I am a young lady and I am still learning. To err is human, to forgive is divine. I promise to do better next time. Once again, I am sorry.”
Wendy Shay, a signee of RuffTown Records has to her credit, songs like ‘Astalavista,’ ‘Asore’, ‘Psalm 35’, ‘All for You’, among others.
She won the Best New Artiste of the Year at the 2019 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.