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01.02.2012 General News

Bring to light areas that cry for development in the north - media told

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Wa, February 1, GNA – Mr. Abdul –Karim Kipo, President of the Northern Students Union has appealed to the Ghanaian media to help bring to light various areas of Northern Ghana that are marginalised in terms of development.

He said Ghanaian media had been silent about the inadequacies in development allocation, provision of potable water, electricity, health facilities and good roads as well as other social amenities that could help make life bearable for the people.

“Similarly, some areas in the north are endowed with natural resources and tourist potential yet the media have not reported about them.

“Is it enough to say 'Bawku people are fighting and economic activities in the area stagnating and remain mute after the said fighting has given way to peace and development?”, Mr. Kipo asked.

He raised these concerns at a media forum organised by the Northern Students Union to mark its week-long celebration in Wa on Tuesday.

The NSU leader encouraged the media to give very good account of the north so as to attract investors to the area rather than scaring them away with negative reportage.

“Bad news sells, yes. But should we only concentrate on the negatives to the neglect of the positives?”, he queried.

Mr. Kipo therefore called for a paradigm shift in reporting issues about the north in order not to keep the area out of touch with the rest of the world, which could also increase the poverty and deprivation among the people.


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