Deputy Minister-designate for Roads and Highways, Stephen Pambin Jalula on Thursday, June 10, got teary at his vetting before Parliament’s Appointments Committee.
The nominee could not hold back his tears as he recounted how violence disrupted his secondary level education at Damongo in 1992 to the Committee when questioned by MP for Ablekuma West, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful.
According to Mrs Owusu-Ekuful, the nominee left a note in his curriculum vitae (CV) saying that he could not sit for his final year exams during his secondary education, hence prompting her inquiry.
“Your educational background, Damongo Secondary School, the note you have added says that during your final exams in 1992, an internal conflict in Kpandai ignited between Gonjas and Komkombas so you had to abandon your final exams and leave Damongo to Sarbogba, why?
“You were in school, why, where the schools closed? Please explain this a bit further for the Committee,” she stated.
In response to the question, Mr Pambin Jalula shared the story of how a group of angry pupils decided to take revenge on students of Damongo Secondary School due to a conflict between the Gonjas and the Komkombas.
That night according to him, has had a dire effect on his development as a young man.
“That is one of the unfortunate incident that has characterized my development as a young man. During that particular conflict, as we know already, lives were lost, properties destroyed and people were displaced internally. So, this particular night, those students whose families were affected by the conflict decided to take revenge on us, so I had to…”.
The nominee could no longer speak and eventually had to remove his spectacles, take out a handkerchief and wipe away his tears.
Witnessing the toll the narration had on the nominee, Chairman of the Committee, Joseph Osei Owusu requested that the nominee be given some time to compose himself and entreated members of the Committee to proceed with other questions.
Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful also apologised to Mr. Stephen Pambin Jalula for making him relive that awful experience.