REPORT ON IDEG-MEDIA ENGAGEMENT
PROJECT: DEMOCRATIC DEVOLUTION STRENGTHENS DEVELOPMENTAL GOVERNANCE (DDSDG)
THEME: ENGAGING THE MEDIA ON GHANA’S TRANSFORMATIONAL LOCAL GOVERNANCE REFORMS
The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s decision to reform Ghana’s local governance system by amending article 55 of the 1992 constitution to enable political parties participate in district level elections, affords Ghanaians an opportunity for transformational development which should be capitalized on. In the past 8 years since the Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG) began its advocacy for the reform of Ghana’s local governance system, it has relentlessly engaged various stakeholders towards the realization of this transformational agenda.
In line with this, the Institute convened a meeting with twenty-one (21) media practitioners comprising Editors, Directors, Host/Anchors and Producers from diverse key media houses on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at the IDEG Auditorium. The meeting was to update them on efforts made towards the local governance reforms thus far, what more needed to be done and solicit their views on how the media can increase citizen’s awareness and mobilize strong national support for the constitutional amendment process.
The engagement started with a documentary on Democratic Devolution and was followed with presentations, questions and answers, the way forward and closing remarks.
The presenters, Dr. Emmanuel Akwetey, Executive Director – IDEG and Prof. Atsu Ayee, Senior Research Fellow – IDEG, were introduced by Ms. Patience Quaye, Advocacy and Communications Officer– IDEG. The presentations covered: (i) The Imperative of Amending Article 55 of the 1992 constitution by September 2019; and (ii) Review of Constitutional Amendment Activities since the State of the Nation Address (SONA) in February, 2018 respectively.
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