Alhaji Alhassan Sulemana, the Upper West Regional minister has appealed to journalists in the region to focus their reportage on championing the progress and development of the Region.
According to him, journalists remained key partners in development and had a strong role and responsibility towards societal growth.
This, he indicated could only be achieved if journalists focus on doing stories that highlights the impact and implications of government policies and programmes on the people.
Speaking at a Press soiree organized by the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) on Friday, the minister said the constitution has provided for the media to be independent and as well served as a check on the other arms of government namely, the executive, legislature and the Judiciary.
The minister added that every Government in Ghana have worked hard to guarantee the freedom of the media and also support them to play their role in the national development agenda.
He said it was very important for newsmen to generate discussions on poverty, education, health and other issues that impeded the region’s progress and draw government’s attention towards these issues.
The Soiree was attended by some selected departmental heads in the region namely, the Regional Directors of Ghana High Ways Authority, Urban Roads, Ghana Education Service and the Regional Security Coordinator among others.
The Upper West Regional Chairman for the Ghana Journalist Association, Mr. Sualah Abdul Wahad called for stronger collaboration between the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) and the media in the coming years.
He said the media will scrutinized various policies and programs been implemented by government.