Common Information of Wednesday, 15 January 2020
Yaw Boadu-Ayeboafo, Chairman, NMC
The Chairman of the Nationwide Media Fee (NMC), Mr Yaw Boadu-Ayeboafo, has known as for newspaper owners to uphold the regulation by way of a yearly renewal of their operating licenses.
“The NMC is mandated by legislation to register newspapers per year, I have found out that there are a lot of of people newspapers that do not renew their registration (license) and nevertheless they proceed to operate”, he mentioned.
“We want to charm to them that it tends to make feeling for them to renew their license by shelling out a rate of just GHC100 a calendar year.
“It is just GHC100 a year. It is this sort of that all people really should be able to pay out. And I hope that they would contribute their quota in the direction of this and assist all of us to establish a superior Ghana.”
Mr Ayeboafoah was speaking the inauguration of an 8-member Board of the Ghana News Agency (GNA) – they are to govern the affairs of the Company for the following two yrs.
Chaired by Professor Olivia Kwapong, Acting Dean, College of Continuing and Length Education, College of Ghana, the associates consist of Mr Albert Kofi Owusu, General Supervisor of the Company Mr Ransford Tetteh, previous Editor, Each day Graphic and Mr Charles Acheampong of the Countrywide Communications Authority (NCA).
The relaxation are Madam Doris Adabasu Kuwornu, former Director, Corporate Affairs, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) Mr Peter Claver Nibepwo Sangber-Dery, former Deputy Director, Heritage Lender Minimal Mr Michael Antwi Agyei, Handling Editor, The Ghanaian Observer and Dr Francis Grant Kwesi Gbormittah, a lecturer in Media Arts, Office of Theatre Arts, University of Ghana.
Mr Boadu-Ayeboafoh, who counselled the Board and Administration of the GNA to control the sources of the company judiciously also urged them to just take advantage of the Agency’s services in the regions as properly as its merchandise to flip its fortunes close to.
He encouraged journalists to exercising warning in their reportage as the common elections approached.
“We are not speaking about timidity, no we do not want individuals to be timid but we want individuals in their analysis to be aware of the implications of some of the statements they make particularly where it is opinionated,” he mentioned.
“Journalists can validate most of their opinions by searching for information so that they take on their own out of the story and persons will not counsel that the journalists are biased, when indeed additional facts have been assembled for the story”, he additional.
Prof Kwapong, who was the immediate previous GNA Board, reported for the subsequent two a long time the new Board would target on GNA likely electronic, coaching editorial team in multimedia journalism to leverage electronic instruments to enhance the Agency’s existence on social media and investment decision in modern-day technologies for operational effectiveness and improvement in quality of service.
She urged Management to develop the capability of team to help them to consider up management positions.
Mr Owusu reported the Company given that its institution in 1957 has been the most trusted resource of news for other media residences and world-wide-web portals.
He mentioned as a community support organisation solely dependent on govt subvention, it was having difficulties with inadequate funding and absence of investment.
This experienced had a significant impact on the Agency’s operations – frequently contacting into question, its relevance.
“However, we imagine the GNA stays related for as lengthy as Ghana stays a nation-condition. The eyesight for location it up is still pertinent and crucial. The Company functions to encourage national expansion and the Ghanaian character and identification,” Mr Owusu said.
“Ghana is a building nation as a result, it is the media’s major responsibility to churn out facts that will foster nationwide advancement. And as the major news gathering physique in the place, the GNA proceeds to provide the concerns influencing the mass of our folks to the awareness of final decision-makers whilst at the exact time educating the persons about govt insurance policies and programmes.”
“We give a voice to the voiceless and cover all elements of our national everyday living in a fashion that impacts positively on the citizens.”
Mr George Sarpong, Executive Secretary, NMC, mentioned a study by the Fee uncovered that about 80 per cent of news reportage of radio stations outside Accra was from GNA.