Yes I’m An ‘Old Cargo But I’m Not Corrupt, And I Don’t Insult People – Prof. Naana Replies Afenyo Markins




Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, the running mate to the National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer, has confidently addressed recent age-related comments made by Majority Leader Afenyo-Markins during an engagement with female media professionals in Accra, Prof. Opoku-Agyemang affirmed her pride in her age and extensive experience, which she views as assets rather than liabilities.

Afenyo-Markin, the Effutu Member of Parliament, had labeled Prof. Opoku-Agyemang as an “old cargo” in March 2024, criticizing her performance in previous government roles. In response, the 72-year-old former Education Minister emphasized that her age is a testament to her life’s blessings and valuable experience.

“Let everybody understand that I’m very proud of every minute God has given me, and if He gives me more, I’ll be more grateful. My life is in His hands, not anybody’s hands. I don’t consider my age as a nuisance; I consider it as a blessing,” she stated.

Prof. Opoku-Agyemang further challenged the substance of the criticisms directed at her, pointing out the lack of accusations concerning corruption or misconduct. “What else is there to say? Is that all they could say? Did they also say that I was corrupt? Why couldn’t they say that I was insulting people?” she queried.

She described the comments as unnecessary distractions and urged her critics to focus on more substantive issues. “You see, a lot of these things we must see as unnecessary and unuseful distractions. Is that all they can say? They should find other forms. What about their own selves? I never said I was an angel, but I don’t think I’ve killed anybody’s child.”

Expressing contentment with her accomplishments and trust in divine guidance, Prof. Opoku-Agyemang concluded, “I’m happy with myself, I’m proud of how far God has brought me, and I believe God will take everybody much further.”

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