Political Science lecturer wants President's media encounters cancelled

Political Science lecturer wants President's media encounters cancelled

-Professor Ransford Gyampo has said journalists' performance at the presidential media encounters over the years have been abysmal

-Prof. Gyampo has therefore called for the cancellation of the presidential encounters with the media

Click here for the latest in politics in Ghana

A Political Science lecturer at the University of Ghana, Professor Ransford Gyampo has given a very negative assessment of the President's encounter with the media.

Professor Ransford Gyampo is calling for a cancellation of the periodic presidential encounters with the media

Professor Ransford Gyampo

According to him, journalists who have had the opportunity to ask questions at these encounters have not been asking any relevant questions over the years and must therefore be cancelled.

READ ALSO: I appointed Martin Amidu to "put fear of God" in corrupt officials - Akufo-Addo

Journalists have, since the time of former President J.A. Kufuor, met sitting presidents at periodic encounters to ask questions about their stewardship.

President Akufo-Addo had his second media encounter today [Wednesday] since he was sworn into office.

Assessing today's encounter in an interview with Asempa FM's Ekosii Sen which was monitored by YEN.com.gh, Prof. Gyampo noted that journalists failed to ask any "thought provoking questions" and rendered the whole exercise 'useless'.

READ ALSO: UCC graduate gains global attention after 'blowing' his papers to become ACCA Affiliate at just 22 years

"President Kufuor institutionalised these encounters to enhance political accountability and deepen democracy but it looks like journalists have failed to take advantage of the opportunity to probe Presidents over thee years but have rather used it to sing their praises", he said.

Prof. Gyampo wondered why journalists given such a rare opportunity would ask questions regarding the 2012 election petition while ignoring socio-economic issues disturbing the larger population.

"If for nothing at all, you should be asking questions about what the Akufo-Addo government was doing about the constitutional review process which started in 2010", he said.

READ ALSO: Beautiful young lady exposes top pastor who tried to sleep with her and it's crazy

For him, with such abysmal performance from journalists it would be better for the President to directly solicit the views of the ordinary citizens.

Going forward, he suggested he suggested that, "it would be better to go to the market women [because] they know the real problems they are facing",

Your stories and photos are always welcome.

Send us a message via our official Facebook page to get it published on YEN.com.gh

Source: Yen.com.gh

Related news
Kweku Baako apologises over Anas/BBC collaboration gaffe

Kweku Baako apologises over Anas/BBC collaboration gaffe

Kweku Baako apologises over Anas/BBC collaboration gaffe
YEN.com.gh
Mailfire view pixel