The Acting Director of the Information Services Department (ISD) has revealed that the Communications Bureau of the Presidency approved the error-ridden Independence Day brochure for publication.
Francis Kwarteng Arthur made this known to angry workers of the ISD who demanded that their boss retract the earlier statement he made that the ISD was responsible for the errors in the Independence brochure.
The official brochure distributed to the Kenyan President and his colleague from Guinea Bissau and their wives, members of the Diplomatic Corps, and many other senior dignitaries from Ghana, was froth with so many mistakes.
The errors ranged from the wrongful designation of Uhuru Kenyatta as Ghana’s President to errors in grammar and spelling.
Many Ghanaians have expressed anger at the incident, adding that it is an embarrassment and a dent on the country's image.
Workers at the ISD on Tuesday denied being the authors of the brochure, and wondered why their Director should take blame.
But responding to the issue in an interaction with staff of ISD, the Acting Director said he issued a statement on behalf of the ISD because the department is the PR machinery of government.
“ISD is the PR of government. And indeed if there was a communication problem where else do you start the damage control if not the PR department.
“I took the decision as the chairman to the communications sub-committee and in my capacity as the acting director of the information service department to put out a statement. I did put out the statement and I sent to my superiors to have a look at the statement and I impressed upon them that as the PR arm of government, the damage control begins with me,” he added.