The new Board of Directors of the Ghana News Agency has been tasked to support management of the Agency to find creative ways of bringing the relevance of the Agency to the fore.

Nana Kwasi Gyan-Apenteng, Chairman of the National Media Commission (NMC) who made the call at the inauguration of the eight-member Board on Thursday in Accra, said the relevance of the GNA was not in doubt, and the new board must therefore assist the Agency to be able to play its role in an even and more enhanced capacity.

The new Board, is chaired by Professor Olivia Adwoa Tiwaah Frimpong Kwapong, a lecturer at the Institute of Continuing Education, University of Ghana and has other members as; Dr Sarah Akrofi Quarcoo, a renowned broadcaster and a Journalism lecturer, Mr Charles Acheampong, a Communication Specialist with the National Communication Authority, and Mr Kofi Boakye, a Lawyer and Management Consultant.

The others are; Ms Ellen Avorgbedor, a veteran Broadcaster, Dr Kwame Nyamekye, a lecturer at the Methodist University College, Mr Albert Sam, a veteran Journalist, and the General Manager of the GNA.

Mr Gyan-Apenteng, who swore the Board into office, commended the Agency, and said he had his early journalism training at Agency, adding: “when it comes to the gathering of news, we can’t beat GNA. It has staff everywhere to gather hard core news from the districts”.

He expressed optimism that the current Board would continue from where the old one, chaired by Dr Wilberforce Dzisah, left off, to keep the GNA operational and relevant.

Mr Francis Rex Annan, Acting General Manager of GNA said the Agency since its establishment in 1957, had lived up to its expectation of disseminating credible news stories that had found an unchallenged place in any newspaper of standing.

“As an organ charged with the collection, processing and dissemination of information, the GNA has since its inception, on the eve of Ghana’s independence, seen its role as consisting of helping in the process of mobilising the people for nation-building, economic and social development, national unity and integration and national image-building.

“The Agency therefore plays a big role in the national information set-up”.

He said, in its resolve to make an impact in the present media landscape, the Agency had put up a number of programmes including; the resolve to improve the quality of stories, develop other channels of disseminating news and to develop a comprehensive training programme.

“The GNA’s training programme will be both theoretical and practical and will contribute to the debate about the media’s role in society. In this regard, the programme will look at issues relating to conflict-sensitive media, based on the belief that the media in many societies can be a powerful force to reduce the causes of conflict and to enable emerging democratic societies to continue
on the right path”, Mr Annan noted.



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