Accra – Ghana’s Minister of Information, John Akologo Tia has welcomed the United Nations’ call for stronger collaboration to make information on the work of the UN system in Ghana available to the public. He expressed his gratitude to the UN for recognizing his Ministry as an important channel for reaching the people of Ghana and assured the UN that his Ministry will find ways to address the high cost of making available information on development issues to the public.
The Minister made these remarks when a UN delegation, led by the UN Resident Coordinator Ruby Sandhu-Rojon, paid a courtesy call on him at the Ministry in Accra.
Minister Akologo Tia commended the UN in Ghana for its support in the various sectors of national development including information technology, strengthening national capacity and meeting the MDGs.
Ruby Sandhu-Rojon briefed the Minister on the UN’s ‘delivering as one’ initiative which serves to strengthen the relevance, effectiveness and efficiency of the UN operational activities for development in each country. She said it is crucial that the public is aware of the work of the UN and its support to governments’ development goals as both partner to alleviate the plight of the poor.
The visit was at the instance of the UN Communication Group in Ghana to explore ways of fostering good working relationship between the UN system in Ghana and the local media and promoting the work of the UN and the Government of Ghana’s efforts at meeting the MDGs.
The UN Resident Coordinator was accompanied by the Chief of Mission of IOM, Dyane Epstein, the National Information Officer of UNIC-Accra, Cynthia Prah and the Communication Officer of FAO, David Youngs.