Gov’t not gagging media-Kojo Oppong Nkrumah

Minister of Information addressing media personnel in Kumasi

The Information Minister, Hon Kojo Oppong Nkrumah says the government under the New Patriotic Party (NPP) is committed to helping the media advance in the way they carry out their professional duties in the country.

Consequently, the Minister noted that funds and avenues are being made available to the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) and the National Media Commission (NMC) to train the media.

Addressing the media in Kumasi last Friday on a wide range of issues, Hon Nkrumah said government was determined to ensure that the media are given the best of environment to operate.

He mentioned that institutions like the Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association ( GIBA) as well as others have been provided the platform to access support to train their professionals.

”As a government we believe it is very crucial and important that we give every support and training we can come out with to make the work of media practitioners less stressful”, the Information Minister noted.

The Minister mentioned that the successful passage of the right to information Bill was enough evidence of the commitment of the President and the NPP to media freedoms.

He said that the hurried nature by which the President assented to the bill shows how transparent the government wants to conduct its business.

The media, Hon Nkrumah stressed have been given access to every information they would need in the discharge of their duties.

He, therefore, parried off claims that government was determined to gag some media houses whose activities are deemed to be detrimental to the fortunes of the NPP government.

Stating government’s stance on the raging brouhaha of the Power Distribution Services ( PDS) deal, Hon Nkrumah said the suspension of the agreement was in the interest of the people of Ghana.

He posited that government was not in anyway standing aloof for any partner to milk the country dry.

Proper investigations, the minister intimated on all the matters surrounding the deal are on going so that finality would be brought on the issues concerning the contract between government and PDS.

The Minister also assured Kumasi residents that four Indians picked up from the metropolis last Wednesday for dealing in illegal business would be processed for court next week.

”I want to be clear and unambiguous that government is committed to using all legal avenues available to it to address all issues it finds unclear including the defence of its activities when the need be” the Minister stated.

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