Media urged to educate on governance issues

Mr Affail Monney,GJA President,,,,Media practitioners have been urged to ensure the active participation of the citizenry in the governance process of the country.

Director for the Public Sector Reform Secretariat, Pethuel Danyo, urged journalists to assist in bringing governance to the doorstep of people, by educating them on issues relating to governance as well as their role in national affairs.

He was speaking at a one day workshop for journalists on the theme: “The role of the media in promoting Open Governance in Ghana,” in Accra on Friday.

The event, which brought together selected media practitioners in Accra, was aimed at fostering collaboration between the media, the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII)  and the Public Sector Reform Secretariat, in an effort to make issues relating to governance more understandable to the citizenry.

Mr. Danyo advocated a paradigm shift in public discourse to one that would seek the views of media practitioners so as to enrich the decision-making processes.

His suggestion was against the backdrop that the media was being relegated to only reporting or news writing on governance and national issues were not considered.

Mr. Danyo urged the media to be involved in the decision making of government because decisions taken by government would affect them.

He said “the way to ensure that open governance was deeply rooted in the minds of Ghanaians, is a day-to-day responsibility of the media.

“If the media makes propagating the essence of open governance, it would be a plus for the open governance process in the county, because the media have the medium, environment and the scope to reach out to the people.”

The Programmes Manager of GII, Mary Awelana Addah, bemoaned the inadequate funding for the operation of the secretariat, saying it was a major factor hampering its role.

By Benedicta Ampadu Okyere        

 

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