Senior journalists rip gov’t under-resourcing of NCCE, push for better funding

Source: Ghana| Myjoyonline.com |Abubakar Ibrahim |abubakar.ibrahim@myjoyonline.com

Senior journalists who attended a press soiree organized by the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) have deplored government for neglecting the governance institution.

They say, the NCCE set up by Act 452 of the 1992 Constitution, would have been in a better position to carry out its mandates to the delight of Ghanaians if it was well-resourced.

The Commission will mark its 25th-Anniversary this year since it was set up in 1993 amid serious logistical and financial challenges.

At a stakeholders meeting held at the African Regent Hotel last Friday, senior journalists from the various media houses charged government to refocus its attention on the NCCE, National Media Commission (NMC), Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), and the Electoral Commission (EC).

NMC boss, Nana Kwasi Gyan-Appenteng, asked government to end the era of begging by making adequate funding available to the various institutions.

“…after 60 years of independence, we should not beg donor partners to fund [our] democracy,” the head of NMC said.

For his part, private legal practitioner and host of Newsfile on Joy FM/MultiTV, Samson Lardy Anyenini advised the NCCE to close the gap between it and the media.

He explained the perception that the Commission is not doing anything useful to deserve funding will be discarded if the media highlight the Commission’s activities.

To communication expert, Professor Kwame Karikari there would be enough money to go round if the needless expenditure by the political class is brought to an end.

He said, “Ghana beyond aid is laughable” if the reported fleet of cars used by the Vice President, First Lady and other political officers are not reduced to save cost.

The Dean of Communications School at the University of Ghana, Legon entreated the NCCE boss Josephine Nkrumah to add her voice to issues of national importance.

Professor Audrey Gadzekpo tasked the NCCE to widen its scope in order to present themselves as a formidable governance institution in the country.

 

 

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