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22.11.2007 General News

Information Minister Visits Graphic

By Elorm Ametepe (ISD)

Mr. Ibrahim Awal MD(middle), in a discussion with Hon Mrs Oboshie Sai Cofie and Hon Frank Agyekum Hon Oboshie Sai Cofie, Minister for Information and National Orientation (MINO), yesterday paid working visits to Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL) and the 37 Military Hospital Taxi Rank in Accra.

The visit forms part of her weekly tour to familiarise herself with the media landscape and also build closer working relations to facilitate effective dissemination of information.

She was accompanied by Hon. Frank Agyekum, the Deputy Minister and Mrs Katherine Afeku, Government Spokesperson on Infrastructure and officials of Ministry of Information and National Orientation (MINO).

Hon. Sai Cofie, who was received by the Managing Director, Mr Ibrahim Awal, commended management and staff of GCGL for the considerable infrastructural development and also praised 'Daily Graphic', for retracting a story it published about 'missing arms' and the subsequent apology it rendered.

She disclosed that the ministry recognised the essential role of the media and this had led her to reach out to the media, 'to listen to their challenges and brainstorm on specific areas to find solution'.

Mrs Sai Cofie appealed to the paper to minimise sensationalism since they were already a market leader adding, 'it does not require sensationalism to sell the paper and to reach the top where you are'.

Mrs Sai Cofie said MINO saw Graphic as an important partner to disseminating information and urged the company to continue to 'work hand-in-hand with the ministry to get government information to the people'.

Mr Awal said, in publishing stories, the paper looked at the national interest first with the aim to 'unite Ghanaians by way of educating, informing and entertaining' on what the country stood for.

The Minister was conducted round the various sections of the company by M. Awal, Mr Ransford Tetteh, editor of the paper, Mr Albert Sam, the Public Affairs Manager and Mr Yaw Boadu Ayeboafo, the General Manager.

Mrs Sai Cofie also visited the 37 Military Hospital Taxi Rank where she inspected work on the rehabilitated lorry station.

Mr Ernest Owusu, Metro Works Engineer of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), who received her said reconstruction work was almost completed with the exception of few structures.

Hon. Sai Cofie however complained about the environmental condition of the station and asked that plastic and paper waste should be properly disposed of.

Mr Samuel Osei, the GPRTU chairman, told the minister that the station was cleaned twice daily and that efforts were underway to relocate food sellers to a designated place to prevent further abuse of the surroundings.