Mr Henry Ford-Kamel, the Volta regional minister has charged journalists in the region to practice journalism that would bring change and development to the people in the region.
‘Responsible journalism is the one that provide the basis for the transformation of the lives of people in the society’ he emphasized.
Mr. Kamel who was addressing journalists at a press soiree in Ho on Friday noted that, though the region is endowed with numerous natural resources and tourism potentials, it still remains one of the poorest in the country. He therefore charged journalists to help identify and harness resources for the economic emancipation of the Region.
Citing the Keta basin for instance, Mr. Kamel said the basin has the potential to supply salt to the entire West African sub-region and called for Public-private partnership to build a mini habour to boost the salt industry at the Keta basin. He observed that the Region’s tourism potentials could turn its fortunes and challenged the media to market those potentials.
Mr. Kamel also expressed concern about the fallen standard of education in the region and urged all stakeholders to help reverse the situation to bring back the region’s glory as bastion of quality education in the country.
He also used the opportunity to appeal to landowners to desist from the outright selling of lands, as they may be selling lands that might have precious minerals.
Mr Henry Ametepe, Deputy Volta Regional Minister, said the development of the Region was a shared responsibility and urged journalists to work for the common good of the Region.
The Volta Regional Chairman of the Ghana Journalists Association, Mr Victor Kwawukume, on his part asked journalists to work in the interest of the nation and ensure that the nation remain “intact” before, during and after the December Elections.
He asked them to be guided by the code of ethics of the profession and not be intimidated by politicians.