Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah (L) before Tolon Naa Major Sulemana Abubakari (rtd)

Paramount Chief of the Tolon Traditional Area Major Sulemana Abubakari (rtd) has honoured the Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah at his Palace.

The honour, according to Tolon-Naa, was in recognition of Mr Oppong Nkrumah’s devotion to serve the country.

The Information Minister was in the northern part of the country as part of a three-day working tour of state owned media houses in the five regions of the North to acquaint himself with the challenges journalists face in their day-to-day operations.

His tour also took him to Tolon where he visited the Tolon-Naa’s palace to pay homage to the Paramount Chief.

The Tolon-Naa, in his remarks praised Mr. Oppong Nkrumah for dedicating his life in service to his country and his resolve to doing more to advance information dissemination in the country.

On his part, Mr. Oppong Nkrumah thanked the Paramount Chief for the recognition and promised to do more to advance the corridors of information in the country.

Meeting with Journalists

The Information Minister in his address to journalists in the five regions challenged them to project the economic potential within their regions. Journalists, he implored, should develop a conscious culture beyond holding duty bearers accountable to portraying local economic opportunities in their regions in a way that will attract investors to harness these potential and most importantly create jobs for the local people.

“The media constitutes the fourth estate of the realm and this raises the question of what is the responsibility of the media in the national development exercise. One of them is to hold duty barriers accountable, another includes to draw the society’s attention to key issues that must be attended to but I think you also have to promote opportunities in your various communities.

“There are many communities with lots of potential and while we are not pleased with the level of economic development in those areas, we in the media space need to do more in projecting the numerous opportunities in our local areas,” he said.

Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah (L) at Tolon Naa’s Palace

Mr Oppong Nkrumah addressed the concerns and safety of journalists in their line of duty, stressing that the journalists’ safety is of paramount interest to his office as a sector Minister. 

This, according to him, has resulted in the formation of the Coordinated Mechanism for the Safety of Journalists under the watch of the National Media Commission (NMC) to curb the incidence of attacks on journalists in the country.

This, he noted, will provide a support mechanism for journalists and provides the NMC with the needed platform to interface with journalists who come under physical attacks by investigating, validating and taking the necessary steps to seek legal action.