Ghana: Independence Day celebration, brochure gaffe, women’s day reported in Ghana

Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The celebration of Ghana’s 59th Independence Day on 6 March, an embarrassing brochure for the main event and celebration of International Women’s Day were some of the stories reported in the Ghanaian media this week.

The state-owned Ghanaian Times, reporting on a parade at the Black Star Square in Accra to mark Independence Day said that President John Dramani Mahama urged Ghanaians to appreciate and uphold the nation by allowing national interest to reign over all other considerations.

This, he said, would help in promoting the unity and sustenance of the nation for the benefit of posterity, adding that “as a country, we have a lot to be proud of”.

In a story under the headline, “Put Ghana first – President exhorts at independence anniversary parade”, the Ghanaian Times quoted President Mahama as saying as the nation’s forefathers sacrificed in gaining independence and founding the nation, “we also have a responsibility to ensure the continuance of our nation”.

He asked the citizenry not to take Ghana’s independence and nationhood for granted. “We must foster national pride and unity,” he said, indicating that irrespective of ethnic, political and religious differences, Ghanaians needed to remain as one people with sustenance of Ghana as their goal.

The headline of the state-owned Graphic on the anniversary celebration was, “Fix your eyes on Ghana – Prez Mahama.”

It reported that in an Independence Day speech in which he sought to plead with Ghanaians to put partisanship aside, President Mahama on Sunday played up the achievements chalked by the country and called on the people to fix their eyes on Ghana.

Taking a walk down memory lane, the President quoted what President Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first president, said on 6 March 1957: “We are going to demonstrate to the world, to the other nations, that we were prepared to lay our foundation – our own African personality.”

And 59 years later, President Mahama says, “We have done just that.” “The name ‘Ghana’ means something in the world outside of our national borders. It represents a kinship, a determination, a disposition, a resolve, perseverance, dignity and integrity.”

An Accra-based radio station, Citi FM, reported on embarrassing errors in a brochure printed for the parade at the Black Star Square that have caused anger in the country.

In a story under the headline, “ISD apologises for error-ridden Independence Day brochure,” the radio station reported on its website that the Information Services Department (ISD), an arm of the Communications Ministry, had apologised to Ghanaians for the obvious errors in the brochure produced for the Independence Day Parade.

The apology comes after several criticisms from the public that the brochure, which contained several grammatical, typographical and factual errors, was embarrassing considering that the event was also patronized by foreigners.

Photos of the errors went viral on social media. The President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, who was the guest of honour, was rather described as the President of Ghana in the brochure.

A statement signed by the acting Director of the ISD, Francis Kwarteng Arthur, on Monday, said the Department authored the content of the brochure and thus accepted full responsibility for the mistakes.

However, staff of ISD reacted angrily saying they had no hand in the production of the brochure and demanded the removal of their acting Director.

“ISD staff want director removed,” was the headline of the Ghanaian Times, which reported that staff of ISD appealed to the Head of Civil Service and Chairman of the Public Services Commission for the immediate removal of the Acting Director.

They said Mr. Arthur was autocratic and disrespectful to both management and staff of ISD.

The government acted swiftly and removed the ISD head.

“ISD boss sacked,” was the headline of the Graphic newspaper with the story saying Mr Francis Kwarteng Arthur had been relieved of his duties as Acting Director of the Information Services Department (ISD).

An official statement said that the Ministry of Communications had assumed responsibility for the Flagstaff House (Presidency) Communications Bureau.

“Ghana celebrates womanhood,” was the headline of the Graphic on the celebration of International Women’s Day.

The newspaper said Ghana on Tuesday joined the rest of the world on International Women’s Day (IWD) to celebrate womanhood and women’s achievements.

It said from the days when women were seen as inferior to men in all aspects of socioeconomic life, women had now asserted themselves as a force and were contributing massively to the overall development of society.

It said although many women still faced discrimination, the general achievements chalked by women in the fields of agriculture, politics, economics, business, sports and other fields could not be swept under the carpet.

The Graphic said this year’s celebration was very significant, as it was the first within the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

In a press release, the head of Gender at the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Madam Comfort Asare, said the government was keen on working to attain the SDGs “and to build the impetus for the effective implementation of the goals, especially Goal 5 which is to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”.
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12 march 2016 08:36:18

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