NCCE schools media on championing societal issues
The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), last Thursday, organized a media advocacy workshop for selected practitioners from the middle zone of the country at Camp Martin Hotel, Fumesua, near Kumasi, with the call on media house owners to expand scope so that journalists can find ways to champion the cause of other equally important issues that affect society.
Ms. Kathleen Addy, Deputy Chairman in charge of Finance and Administration at the NCCE, in an address, admonished journalists to go beyond the usual sensational news and find ways and space to champion the cause of environmental issues.
She said it was not good for “journalists to sit aloof for the total destruction of the environment before we start contemplating how to tackle the menace,” and challenged the participants to take up the issues of environmental pollution and greening our towns and cities, instead of the concrete slabs and unauthorised structures sprawling around our cities.
The workshop, which was under the theme: “Effective public education on environmental governance and amendment of relevant constitutional provisions in relation to anti-corruption laws: the role of the media,” drew media practitioners from the Ashanti, Bono, Ahafo and Bono East regions.
Ms. Kathleen Addy said the media was a good partner of the NCCE, and that the Commission would always take advantage of that friendship, and admonished journalists to think of practical ways of presenting the news, so that the people can decipher and respond positively to it.
A former Director at the Legal Aid Commission, Alhaji Yahaya Al-hassan, in a presentation, stated that he had issues with the President of the Republic appointing members of the Audit Service, which is a public institution, the Auditor General, and Chairman of the Audit Service Board, and explained that everybody in the public service was a staff of the President of the Republic.
Alhaji Al-hassan said there are laws in the country which governed every aspect of social life, and advised the participants to always go a step further to ascertain the laws on every issue, so that they can do the advocacy better, or invest in certain issues properly.
The Ashanti Regional Director of the NCCE, Mr. Wilson Raphael Arthur, earlier, in a welcome address, emphasised that the pen, as a tool, must be used by the journalist for the blessings of liberty, equal opportunities, rule of law, protection of human rights and freedoms, as well as for unity and stability of the country.
Mr. Samuel Asare Akuamoah, Deputy Chairman of the Commission in charge of Operations, advised the media practitioners to find time and resources to invest in themselves, so as to become indispensable in their various fields of interest.
From Thomas Agbenyegah Adzey, Kumasi