Cut 70-yr-old Akufo-Addo some slack. He did a good job at media encounter- Ursula Owusu

The Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful , has hit back at critics of President Nana Akufo-Addo's performance at the 2018 media encounter, saying they should cut the septuagenarian some slack.


The Jubilee House (formerly Flagstaff House) is facing a backlash after 70 journalists were invited for the media encounter but only 15 were given the opportunity to ask questions.

Scores of journalists who attended the encounter said it was poorly organised, the worse ever and it appeared the president was in a hurry for another schedule.

Reacting to the outcry Saturday on Joy FM's Newsfile show, the minister said the president had to adjust his schedule to make the encounter possible because he was determined to meet the press.

“Let’s cut him some slack, I think he did an excellent job….…I know that he had returned from a trip to Vienna and Paris at 3, that same day and he had meetings as well and that necessitated the adjustment of the schedules so I thought even that alone, and he is a 74-year-old man," she said.


She continued: "No matter how challenging his day was and his year was, he was determined to meet with the press”.

“If he had taken all the 70 questions, he would have been there for four hours and I think that’s a bit much to ask”.

While many thought the president's answers to the questions were 'too casual,' Ursula Owusu believes he was "spot on."

"Getting ministers to contribute to answers, I don’t think there was anything wrong because they are there, they are the ones directly dealing with those briefs, he may not have all the answers at that time and it is honest for him to have admitted that this particular point, I don’t have the answers, the people directly working on these issues are there so let them supply the answers.

"Is it just the interaction with the President that the media wants or they want responses to the questions that they’ve asked,” she said.


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