THE out-going Board Members of the four state-owned media houses were on Tuesday, treated to a night of music and dance hosted by the National Media Commission (NMC).
The NMC, which has the constitutional mandate of appointing both Chief Executives and Board Members of such media houses, christened the event, ‘A Night of Appreciation’ for the selfless services the boards rendered to the various media houses in their two-year tenure.
The board members from the New Times Corporation, Graphic Communication Group, Ghana News Agency and Ghana Broadcasting Corporation were also given certificates of appreciation and a book authored and autographed by Kabral Blay-Amihere, NMC Chairman.
Mr. Blay-Amihere commended the members for their devotion in bringing some innovations and transformations in the organisations they served.
He said although there were still challenges, their role in ensuring some positive changes would go a long way to serve as a catalyst for their predecessors to serve in the same way.
Mr. Blay-Amihere said by accepting to serve on the various boards, they had demonstrated their immense love and commitment to mother Ghana, adding that the NMC would continue to tap their various experiences whenever the situation demanded it.
Mr. George Sarpong, Executive Secretary of NMC, said it was worth noting that the board members brought their experiences to bear on their various organisations to transform certain areas with limited financial resources.
He said the situation had vindicated the framers of the Constitution who had thought it wise to set up an independent body to steer the affairs of state-owned media houses.
Mr. Sarpong said initially, many people had doubted that a provision of that nature would create the necessary environment for business to thrive in such public corporations, “but through your contributions, we are witnesses to the good work the provision is unfolding”.
Mr. Kwame Asante, Board Chairman of GBC, speaking on behalf of the other chairpersons, thanked the NMC for the honour done them in inviting them to serve on the various boards.
He said, however, the two-year term was not enough for board members who might have vision for the organisations, since the first year was usually used to study the operations of the organisations.
Mr. Asante appealed to NMC to take a second look at the tenure of office and either extend the period for board members or initiate the necessary constitutional amendments.
By Lawrence Markwei