Ursula Owusu supports Sanitation minister; says Ministers not training ground for interns

Ursula Owusu supports Sanitation minister; says Ministers not training ground for interns

- Sanitation Minister, Cecilia Dapaah called out an intern for interviewing her

- A lot of individuals including some media personnel believe the comments from the minister were not appropriate

- Ursula Owusu Ekuful however supports whatever her colleague minister said

Minister of Communication, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has backed the Sanitation Minister, Cecilia Dapaah for saying an intern should not interview her.

She said an intern or trainee journalist should not be sent to interview anyone or interact with senior officials without supervision.

Sanitation Minister Cecilia Dapaah recently told off an intern of Accra-based Adom FM, Rahinatu Abdul Bach on the phone when the Ghana Institute of Journalism student called her up for an interview.

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The minister said the young lady’s request for an interview was disrespectful to her as a state official and her office as well because she was an intern.

“Who gave you the permission to call me to speak to me directly like that?” the Minister queried the Ghana Institute of Journalism student.You don’t respect … please go off,” she said as she dropped the call.

The intern had been directed by her editor, Mr Samuel Dowuona to get the ministry’s reaction to reports that some persons caught littering were ordered by either the police or ordinary citizens to clean the streets as punishment.

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Reacting to the development in support of her fellow minister of state, Mrs Owusu-Ekuful said: “A minister is not the training ground for an intern.”

In a Facebook post, Mrs Owusu-Ekuful said: “This chronic disrespect for political officeholders in Ghana is getting quite nauseating”, adding: “Try getting into the office of a minister anywhere in the world without an appointment and see if you'll be allowed in...”

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