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14.05.2009 General News

Media should be well equipped in discharge of duties – Deputy Minister

By GNA
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Akosombo (ER), May 14, GNA – Mr. James Agyenim Boateng, Deputy Minister of Information, has called for the provision of adequate resources for journalists to enhance their efficiency and effectiveness in the performance of their duties.

This, he said, could be achieved through the acquisition of appropriate knowledge and skills and the provision of the necessary tools that would facilitate the creation of an informed, knowledgeable and united society.

Speaking at a media dialogue on Thursday at Akosombo in Eastern Region, he noted that the Ministry of Information had decided to come out with programmes which would promote national unity and also consolidate media pluralism.

“This is the reason why we have assembled here to discuss, brainstorm and fashion out strategies that will help all stakeholders involved in the packaging and dissemination of information for the consumption of the public,” he added.

He urged all Ghanaians and civil society organizations to come on board and contribute their quota to all activities that would enhance the socio-economic transformation of the country.

Mr Dominic Sampong, Acting Director of the Ministry of Information, appealed to the media to let national unity and development override all other considerations in all their endeavours and reporting.

He urged all the participants who were from both the state and private media to fully participate in the dialogue in order to come out with strategies which would promote better collaboration between them and the Ministry and also meet other objectives of the dialogue.

The two-day seminar, which is under the theme: “The State and the Media as Developing Partners in the Attainment of the Millennium Development Goals in Ghana” is organized by the Ministry of Information with sponsorship from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

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