The Minister said that this means that both the Director of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin and his deputy, Fatimatu Abubakar are part of the structures of the Ministry of Information.
He said that this means that both the Director of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin and his deputy, Fatimatu Abubakar are part of the structures of the ministry.
He was speaking to journalists in Ho, after a two-day “Executive Retreat” of the Ministry and its key agencies.
He further explained that, “the communications unit in the presidency per our arrangement as an NPP government falls under the ministry of information. So the director of communication at the office of the president and his deputy are on the organogram under the ministry of information.”
This clarification has become necessary after many Ghanaians said that Hamid will be paying a dual as an Information minister and Presidential spokesperson, and that of Eugene Arhin, the director of communication at the presidency.
Meanwhile, the Minister has outlined some programmes adopted at the end of their retreat to bring government in sync with the citizenry at all levels.
These include a yearly town hall meeting in each of the 216 districts where citizens would have the chance to interact with key government actors on various policies and programmes, in addition to the ‘Meet the Press’ series and the introduction of a ‘National Policy Summit’.
The minister also hinted of plans to translate into six major Ghanaian languages, key government policy documents such as the President’s state of the nation address and highlights of the budget, in order to bring government closer to the citizenry.
“We want to deliver a governance system that allows the Ghanaian people to feel that their government is with them and they are in touch with government which not divorce from the citizens. So we have fashion out programmes and projects for Ghanaians to have the opportunity to hold government to account on a day-to-day basis rather than for us to wait in an election year to do an accounting to the people tour," Hamid said.