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11.03.2009 General News

I am ready to partner the media -Marfo

By Micael Boateng, Sunyani - Ghanaian Chronicle

Mr. Nyamekye Marfo, Brong- Ahafo Regional Minister, has given assurance of his preparedness to work with the media to help project the region in a good light.

Addressing a regional media soiree in Sunyani, Mr. Nyamekye Marfo noted that the current administration needed the cooperation of the media, to catapult the development agenda of the region.

β€œI'm ready to work with you in an effective way to move the region to an admirable state,” he said.

According to the Minister, since the media could be constructive and destructive, it was prudent for the current administration to have a cordial working relationship with it, and practice open management, so that relevant information could be accessible to them for proper and effective dissemination.

Mr. Nyamekye Marfo, however, urged the media to put out factual and truthful information always, in order not to create unnecessary tensions that would derail the developmental course of the region and the country at large, since people rely mostly on the media for information.

β€œIt is very important to check on the facts before reporting, and I'm assuring you my doors are always open, so please take good advantage of this opportunity to acquire factual information from my office, to help develop the region,” he urged.

He admitted that in every human institution, there could at times be some errors, but its effective management could forestall any negative impression that would ebb the hope of the citizenry.

The Regional Minister appealed to the media to support in harnessing the projection of natural resources like tourist attraction sites, to attract both domestic and foreign tourists, to earn enough income for the development of the region.

Mr. Nyamekye Marfo hinted that the region was going to have its official website that would have all information about the Brong Ahafo and its tourist sites, to gain international recognition and support when needed.

The President of the Brong-Ahafo Regional branch of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), Mr. Charles Koomson, reiterated that the media must be universally respected to have a constructive, and not a destructive administration, in nation-building.

According to Mr. Koomson, the media expected the government to seek to the welfare of the people and vice versa.

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