Media urged to report on budget

affail_monney12The media has been urged to focus on reporting on the budget, especially highlighting on issues affecting women and children.

Mrs Charlotte Esinam Afudego, policy analyst, Institute for Fiscal Policy, an affiliate of Integrated Social Development Centre (ISODEC), said this at a media dialogue in Accra yesterday.

It was aimed at strategising towards enhanced media engagement in the reading of the budget and post-budget activities.

The dialogue also created a platform for journalists to interact and identify issues affecting news reportage and the current trends in agenda setting, which was shifted towards political issues instead of addressing socio-economic issues.

Mrs. Afudego said that the spotlight of the media on women and children would ensure that the needs of women and children were addressed in the budget.

That, the Policy Analyst asked the media to promote accountability and ensure that resources allocated to women and children in the budget were judiciously utilised.

Mrs Afudego called on government to allocate more funding to children with special needs, saying “consideration must be made in the budget for the protection of such children.”

Mrs Afudego emphasised the need for government to allocate funding to the Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP) to increase coverage.

Touching on the media dialogue, she said “engaging identifiable groups such as the media would assist in post budget analysis and help monitor implementation processes when the budget is read”.

The Coordinator for the Institute of Fiscal Policy (IFP) Mrs Chris Dadzie, in an interview with the Ghanaian Times, said the focus of the media dialogue was centered on women and children because they were marginalised.

Mrs Dadzie called on   the media to strengthen the discourse on the budget so as to help the citizens understand the budget and to empower them to demand accountability from the implementers of the budget.

ISODEC, is a civil society organisation with the objective to promote social inclusive policies.

By Kingsley Asare and
Emelia Enyonam Kuleke

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