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Saturday, September 5, 2009

Zita Okaikoi, Ablakwa, et' al address citizens on Facebook

Information Minister, Mrs Zita Okaikoi
Information Minister, Mrs Zita Okaikoi
The Minister of Information, Mrs Zita Okaikoi and her two deputies from now on, will be on the social networking site, Facebook, to interact with citizens.

The move, the minister said, is in recognition of the fact that the internet has become an important tool in the new media.

Speaking to Joy FM’s Super Morning Show host Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah, Mrs Okaikoi said the government recognises that its information needs to reach the people who need it.

She said, herself and her deputies, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa and James Agyenim Boateng, would spend two hours each on selected days on Facebook to address the concerns of Ghanaians on the social networking site.

She is available every Friday, from 8am to 10am on Facebook, while Okudzeto is on every Wednesday from 3pm to 5pm, and Agyenim Boateng comes every Thursday, 4pm to 6pm.

The Information Minister says she hopes to be able to interact with as many people as possible every Friday when she takes her turn.

“We think that as government information (outfit), we should be able to interact with people one-on-one on a personal basis so that we will be able to address their issues and take their concerns,” she explained.

According to her, traditional media such as radio and newspapers are not adequate in addressing the needs of the citizenry.

She said there are many people out there, “who have needs but do not have access to anyone to talk to in government so these are the people we are considering creating this channel for.”

The minister said immediate action will be taken on issues raised by citizens through the platform.

Story by Malik Abass Daabu/Myjoyonline.com/Ghana

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