- The veteran journalist warns of consequences for appointees who cannot keep quiet
- He says that discussions in the media of government issues makes the administration unpopular
Editor-in-chief of the New Crusading Guide Abdul Malik Kweku Baako, has indicated that the President, Nana Addo Akufo-Addo, will very soon lay off a number of his appointees. He was speaking on Peace FM’s ‘Kokrokoo’ morning show on Wednesday.
Kweku Baako pointed out that some appointees have not exercised good discretion in dealing with the media. These individuals, Baako believes, have brought issues to the public space that only gives a bad picture of the government.
For him, there are appropriate channels within the government to address issues. But when the media reports and discusses the issues government could have kept silent, it makes the administration unpopular.
Baako told the host of the show, Kwame Sefa Kayi:
“Those Presidential appointees who, when they have problems, they rush to the media and put their case forward . . . They’re not helping the government and for that matter the President. If there are problems between people who are in government manning different institutions of State and you have difficulties, but cannot refer your case to the appointing authorities or (lieutenants) the appropriate agencies . . . is not to the credit of the system. I wouldn’t say people should be silent. Silence is not always golden but they have to be careful.”
Kweku Baako refused to mention the names of those individuals he was accusing of indiscretion. He however reiterated that their sacking is bound to happen and that he was sure. He also agreed with host Kwami Sefa Kayi that certain issues Kwame mentioned were examples.
The boss of the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) recently came out to refute the Energy Minister’s assertion that TOR will be turned into an oil tank farm.
In another example, CEO of the Ghana Cynlinder Manufacturing Company Limited, Frances Essiam, has been pointed. She is cited for moving from one media house to the other explaining her side of an ongoing issue.
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