SUNYANI: Information service dep’t to be revamped - Minister
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Mr Fritz Baffuor, the Minister for Information has announced that, the Ministry is looking forward to be revamped, reinvested and resourced with the needed logistics as a measure to make the sector carry out its mandate effectively.
The Minister made this known when he visited Sunyani as part of an official tour of the Brong Ahafo region to inspect facilities of the Information Services Department (ISD) and also to interact with the staff to find out their challenges to enable him make a case to the government to resource the Ministry.
Mr Baffuor stated that the core function of the Ministry was to disseminate government information to the public, and noted that this could not be done effectively without appropriate tools and equipment. He added that information was essential to the development of every nation.
The Minister, being a media person himself, said that, he was going to ensure that government paid the necessary attention to the needs of the Ministry through proper budgetary allocation and provision of vehicles and other equipment.
According to him, ISD Regional Office in Sunyani was certainly not a conducive working environment for the staff and something must be done about it immediately the Ministry gets the right funding from government.
The Information Minister cautioned the staff of the ISD to be professional as they were public servants and must therefore eschew partisan politics and be as objective as possible. “Information staff is public servants, your job is about objectivity, you have to say the truth, you should not skew information because of partisanship; the moment you become partisan, you have failed and that should not be the case”, he added.
Mr Baffuor said he would ensure that there was a Cabinet directive to all district assemblies for them to make it a point to support District Information Officers.
Mr Kwasi Amankwaah, the Regional Information Officer, on behalf of the staff thanked the Minister for the visit. He said the dwindling warrant allocation and warrant releases coupled with deplorable offices and inadequate equipment were their major challenges in the region. He also appealed to the Minister to do something about the promotion of staff to motivate them to give off their best.