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27.02.2009 Politics

calls for accurate reportage in the media

By GNA

Mr Paul Evans Aidoo, Western Regional Minister has appealed to the media to ensure adequate and accurate reportage of events to promote a positive image of the Region.

He said “we must educate our citizens to change their attitude towards development in the Region and country.”

Mr Aidoo made the call in an interaction with the media in Sekondi on Thursday.

“Please use your media to educate the people about indiscriminate disposal of refuse, illegal water and electricity connection as well as unauthorised construction of buildings,” he stressed.

Mr Aidoo said as an indigene of the Region, he would spearhead the development process and ensure the Region had its fair share of national development.

“There is the need for government to provide quality education, jobs, affordable housing, quality health care as well as security for the citizenry a priority of the NDC Government, he said.

To achieve these, Mr Aidoo called for the collaborative efforts of all and the media to offer constructive suggestions towards growth of the Region.

"Indeed we must approach issues of the development of the Region and nation with unity of purpose," he said.

Mr George Amihere Naykene, Western Regional Chairman of Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) noted that the media had contributed to the growth and development of the Region.

He explained that journalists were not economic saboteurs but partners in development.

Mr Naykene urged heads of departments and public servants to make information readily available for journalists or direct them to the appropriate authorities.

This, he said would ensure journalists performed better to prevent speculative, bias and un-substantiated reportage.

Mr Naykene appealed to the Western Regional Coordinating Council to provide the media with means of transport to facilitate their work.

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