A Member of Parliament (MP) with the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has said the media is more effective in keeping the government on its toes than the Minority.
Thomas Nyarko Ampem, who is MP for Asuogyaman constituency in the Eastern Region, believes the media deserves praise for its efforts in keeping the government accountable.
According to him, there have been many occasions where pressure from the media has managed to get the government to act.
He pointed to the cancellation of a plan to line up school children to greet the President on his tour of the Eastern region as a perfect case.
Mr. Ampem, therefore, believes that the media is doing a better job at keeping the government in check than the Minority.
“…so I am grateful to the media…you are doing wonderfully well. I feel that the media is putting the government on its toes more than the Minority...,” he told Accra-based Joy FM.
Earlier this week, a notice from the District Education Director, Mavis Yirenkyi, ordered teachers in some 11 basic schools and a senior high school within the district make sure their pupils are available to greet the President on his arrival in the region.
However, the directive was later cancelled after it was widely criticised by a large section of the public.
Explaining why the sudden U-turn, the PRO of the Education Ministry, Ekow Vincent Assafuah, said the directive was not sanctioned by the Ghana Education Service.
But Mr. Ampem believes it was pressure from the media that got the government to overturn this decision.
This, he said, is very laudable, adding that actions that are unproductive to national development must not be condoned.
“I am happy that they [headmasters] are calling me back this morning that the Education Director says they should cancel the programme,” the Asuogyaman MP said.
“I don’t see what students lining up waving at the President will add to his visit,” he added.
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