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Information Minister takes ISD officers to task

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In a bid to actively engage citizens in all government activities, District and Regional Information Officers of the Information Services Department have been tasked to devise innovative strategies to effectively imbibe into citizens the ideals and policies of government in order to build national consensus.

In a bid to actively engage citizens in all government activities, District and Regional Information Officers of the Information Services Department have been tasked to devise innovative strategies to effectively imbibe into citizens the ideals and policies of government in order to build national consensus.

 

The Minister for Information, Mustapha Hamid, who gave the task stressed, “if over the years, you were not required to provide evidence on how you have discharged your duties, this year, we shall demand hard core evidence from you that indeed you have carried out education and have received feedback to inform government decisions, moving forward.”

He was speaking at a budget sensitisation programme for officials of his ministry and regional budget officers to build their understanding of the 2017 budget.

It was attended by Directors of the Ministry of Finance, members of the parliamentary select committee on Finance and Communication, as well as civil society organisations working in the finance sector.

Mr Hamid, who had pledged during his vetting to provide timely and accurate information on all government activities, underscored the importance of information officers in the democratic process, saying, “you are the link between government and the citizens so, it is important that you understand whatever policy government rolls out in order to efficiently disseminate it to the citizens to build national consensus.”

He said plans were underway to translate all national documents into the six major languages spoken across the length and breadth of country, to rally citizens to actively participate in the democratic process.

To this end, the sector minster cautioned officers against playing partisan politics with sensitising Ghanaians on the 2017 budget, insisting that, “this is an issue that you cannot play politics with; therefore, it is imperative that you carry out the education exercise in a manner that is neutral and non-partisan to achieve the expected results.”

Giving an overview of government intent in drafting the 2017 budget statement, Kwaku Kwarteng, the Member of Parliament for Obuasi West, who represented the Finance Minister said, government’s primary focus was to address the challenges facing the economy to make it more resilient to attract investors and grow businesses, hence the abolition of some nuisance taxes.

He said government would strongly partner with the private sector to execute most of its policy initiatives to ensure its sustainability while creating wealth and jobs for citizens in the nearest future.