The Government of Ghana under the leadership of President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has said it is determined to support the growth of the Ghanaian media so they are able to effectively, investigate and communicate on all aspects of social life.
The Western Regional Minister, Hon. Kwaku Afriyie made this known in a speech read on his behalf at the launch of a three day training workshop on investigative journalism on Migration and Free Movement for journalists in the Western Region on Tuesday.
He said the menace of irregular migration, has assumed alarming proportion with many of the youth, risking their lives in search of greener pastures while many have fallen victim to trafficking.
The Minister expressed his appreciation to Media Response, organisers of the training for championing the ECOWAS Free Movement and Migration campaign in Ghana and reiterated his commitment as the regional minister, to the successful implementation of the project in the Western Region.
Speaking at the function, Executive Director of Media Response, Mr. Samuel Nii Dodoo said recent media reports suggests that, migrants pose a significant threat to the country’s development due to their involvement in illegal mining activities, nomadic grazing, trading in the open market as well as the electoral process. Mr. Dodoo said given the afore-mentioned, there was no doubt that the media has a crucial role to play in the promotion of safe and secure intra-regional migration. The workshop is aimed at training journalists to improve their knowledge on the various legal frameworks that promotes the free movement of persons as well as the protection of migrants for the promotion of their rights and public awareness on safer migration. The project, "Support to Free Movement of Persons and Migration in West Africa'' is being implemented in 16 ECOWAS member states including Mauritania. It also aims to strengthen the capacities of the ECOWAS Commission to lead an intra-regional dialogue on free movement and migration issues and act as a platform for policy development and harmonisation.
The training was held in Accra in September and will also be held in the Ashanti and Northern Regions later this month.