The overlord of the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Area, Okyenhene Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin has urged the Ghanaian media to be bold and speak truth to power.
The Okyehene also urged Ghanaians to come together as one people to support the media in speaking truth to power in order to check the political elite and facilitate the change Ghanaians deserve.
‘One thing about the media is that you need to have courage. Citizens will have to challenge politicians to account but the media will also have to write and speak truth to power. In places your voice may be lonely, it may not be recognized, it may be misunderstood but speak anyway, because speaking and writing will change things’. He said.
He added that the ordinary people do not have the power to formulate laws but we can speak on issues and persuade political leaders on policies that could bring development urging all Ghanaians and especially the media to have keen interest in what policy formulators and implementers do.
The Okyenhene said this when speaking at the second edition of the Eastern Regional Ghana Journalists Association Awards held at the Royal Mac Dic Plaza Hotel in Koforidua over the weekends on the theme “Ensuring malaria free society; the role of the media”.
Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin called for a collective effort to make Ghana a malaria free society.
He said, if the people of Ghana do not change their attitude towards the environment and develop an environmental friendly attitude, no medicine or medical gymnastics can make Ghana a malaria free society.
‘Malaria kills, not only do people suffer, some people in rural Ghana do not even have doctors to take care of them when they fall sick’. Okyenhene
He said in this age and time of Ghana’s history, it is unacceptable to watch young people die from malaria.
Small Scale Mining
Okyenhene also expressed worry about the Small Scale Mining Module introduced by the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo government. ‘When I speak like this, I’m just so worried that even as powerful as my office is there is nothing we can do. Now the president has been ill advice to introduce a small scale mining modules which will be difficult to control and in effect, contribute to the degradation of the environment’ He said.
Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin added that, the future and prosperity of the eastern region depends on agriculture not mining.
He believes the Eastern Region can harness it full potential if government invest heavily in Agriculture instead of mining.
Eastern Regional Minister, Honorable Eric Kwakye Daffour commended the eastern media for the tremendous work they are doing.
He encouraged the media to remain committed, be devoted and selfless to be able to excel in the profession they have chosen.
The Eastern Regional GJA chairman, Maxwell Kudekor expressed worry about the regretfully ineffectiveness, inefficiency and nonchalant nature of Journalists and broadcasters on malaria reporting in the region.
“Is it not so shocking and sad that as a year earmarked to ensure a malaria free society, there was no single entry for malaria reporting?’. Kudekor asked.
He said, of all the health stories filed for this year’s awards, no journalist wrote or reported on Malaria in the region.
He urged the eastern media to develop a character to tell the eastern regional story.
Mr. Kudekor encouraged journalists to travail all barriers and work to bring change in the lives of the people.
He called on journalists to prioritize issues that affect the people and use their platforms to effect change and facilitate development.
In all Seven awards were given in the competitive categories at the ceremony whiles two other media houses, Starr TV and Myfm, in Koforidua were honoured as the most promising media houses in the region.