The Minister of Information, Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has charged the newly constituted committee overseeing the re-organisation of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) to work with commitment and speed up efforts at repositioning the state broadcaster as one of the leading players in the Ghanaian media landscape.
He said the re-organisation of GBC demanded that the committee explored ways that would enable the corporation to be retooled to become one of the vibrant and productive media houses in the country.Follow @Graphicgh
He made the remarks in a meeting with the committee yesterday in Accra as part of ongoing discussions to restructure the state broadcaster.
“I would like to recommend the highest level of commitment. We have no doubt that you are committed to this project but against the background of previous committees that were tasked to execute such mandate and failed at it, I will urge you to take it as a personal and professional challenge and come to it with the highest level of commitment so that we can get some good results that posterity will judge us well,” Mr Oppong Nkrumah said.
The minister admonished the committee to execute its mandate with speed such that their recommendations and guidance would be factored into next year’s budgetary appropriation.
The committee, made up of highly experienced members drawn from both the public and private sectors with diverse backgrounds in media, finance and law, was tasked by the minister to bring the technical skills on board to collectively cut through the clutter and move GBC from its current position to a more vibrant and efficient media organisation.
Mindful of the lack of financial support for previous committees set up to achieve the same purpose, Mr Oppong Nkrumah reiterated government’s support in seeing to it that the public broadcaster was given a facelift.
Chairman of the committee, Mr Yaw Sarpong, called for close collaboration between the committee, the National Media Commission (NMC) and the Ministry of Information, stressing that working together was the only way the transformation agenda of GBC could be realised.