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02 July 2016

Mahama urges media to highlight success of gov’t

president mahama6President John Dramani Mahama has urged the media to desist from highlighting only the negative aspects of the country to Ghanaians.

He said portraying a gloomy picture in the country contributes to dashing the people’s confidence in their leadership.

“Everyday you listen to the media and it is like nothing is working in this country, but there are a lot of successes that we should be championing and encouraging our people that we have been able to get this far,” he said.

President Mahama disclosed this when he addressed some party faithful in the Ashanti Region during his “Accounting to the People” tour.

The governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) has come under severe criticism over its failure to address the energy crisis, popularly called ‘Dumsor’ as well as perceived corruption in the government.

With barely four months to go for the general elections, many pollsters and political commentators have predicted a very close election between the NDC and the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP).

They say government’s inability to solve the hardship in the country could hamper its victory at the polls, but President Mahama is confident his government is doing a lot in the country.

He said Ghanaians will come to appreciate the good works of his government if the media will change their focus.

Lamenting about the phone-in sessions on media platforms, Mahama said programmes meant for educating and informing Ghanaians are used to spread falsehood in the country.

“I think the media’s duty is to inform and educate and often when you want to educate you must bring a man of God or an academic or an intellectual who understands the subject and let him educate people without the interruption of people calling in and diverting the argument completely,” he said.

According to him, when the media learns to re-channel their negative energy into helping Ghanaians see the positives, a lot will change in the country.

“We can go even further if our media thinking change,” he said.

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