VEEP DR. BAWUMIA LAUDS MEDIA’S ROLE IN NATION BUILDING

Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has lauded the role of the media in nation building.

• He said quite often when people experience peace and good democratic atmospheres; they turn to take things for granted and think things just occur or happen by coincidence.

• “In my years as a banker and a politician, I have no doubt about the power of the media in making or unmaking a nation or an institution. If today in Ghana we have such a peaceful political atmosphere with a highly active population on national issues, the crown of such success must be placed at the door of the journalists, some of whom we celebrate tonight.”

• The Vice President said this in his address on Saturday in Accra at the 24th Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) Awards Night and the GJA Platinum Anniversary Celebration.

VICE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF GHANA, DR. MAHAMUDU BAWUMIA

Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has lauded the role of the media in nation building.

He said quite often when people experience peace and good democratic atmospheres; they turn to take things for granted and think things just occur or happen by coincidence.


“In my years as a banker and a politician, I have no doubt about the power of the media in making or unmaking a nation or an institution. If today in Ghana we have such a peaceful political atmosphere with a highly active population on national issues, the crown of such success must be placed at the door of the journalists, some of whom we celebrate tonight.”


The Vice President said this in his address on Saturday in Accra at the 24th Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) Awards Night and the GJA Platinum Anniversary Celebration.


“AGAIN, THE MEDIA IS THE FRONT BURNER IN AGENDA SETTING FOR POLITICAL PARTIES’ MANIFESTOS INCLUDING ITS CORE FUNCTION OF SURVEILLANCE, EARLY WARNING SIGNALS FROM POTENTIAL SOURCES OF THREATS TO PEACEFUL ELECTIONS AND INFORMATION DISSEMINATION,” HE SAID.

The event was held under the theme “Democracy, Freedom and Independence of the Press in Ghana: 70 Years of the GJA’s Contributions”.


He said history indicates that the indelible contributions of the media to democratic elections in Ghana started long before independence citing that in the 1951 general elections, the media provided a platform for political parties for citizens’ mobilisation and democracy education.



He said the media continues to serve as conduit and major outlet for proving qualitative information to the citizenry that electrifies the political atmosphere for the conduct of peaceful elections in Ghana.


The Vice President again cited the instrumental role the media played in the 2012/2013 Supreme Court Election Petition was a litmus test of the profundity of the Ghanaian media in its institutional growth.



“Again, the media is the front burner in agenda setting for political parties’ manifestos including its core function of surveillance, early warning signals from potential sources of threats to peaceful elections and information dissemination,” he said.