The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has said it would not waste of time in responding to President Akufo-Addo’s ‘’disastrous’’ media encounter following the adequate response from the media and individuals.
The party believes the media has flogged the media encounter enough and has given good verdict hence the party will not waste time on the matter again.
Deputy General Secretary of the party, Peter Boamah Otokunor told host of Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm Kwame Tutu that, ‘’the media has responded to the media encounter. Everywhere you go, people have given a damming verdict about the posture and responses from the president at the media encounter.
‘’It is therefore unnecessary for the NDC to organize a press conference because the media has already given a verdict on the encounter. The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) known to be in bed with the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has described the encounter as the worst in the history of Ghana,’’ he added.
Media houses including Joy that is affiliated to the NPP gave a damming account of the media encounter. Their reporters were disappointed. Their reporters have also said Nana Addo had no knowledge of what is happening in his administration.
He has however promised the NDC will give a mid-term assessment of Akufo-Addo’s government after the Christmas holidays.
Executive Director of the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Sulemana Braimah, has said the President’s meeting with the media on Wednesday is the worst since the engagement was introduced.
He said the event could better be described as President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s address to the nation, not a media encounter.
Portions of the assessment by the MFWA read: ”
This year’s event is a far cry from the previous engagements the presidency has had with the media. To start with, the programme started later than scheduled. This no doubt affected the number of questions that could be asked within the scheduled time. Also, the President’s introductory address was too long (40 minutes) and largely focused on praise-singing the achievements of his government. The President, whose speech took a chunk of the time, later spent too much time overly elaborating his responses to the questions asked. This contributed to journalists having less time to ask questions.
Additionally, the President interfered in the work of the moderator (Information Minister) regarding the selection of journalists to ask questions. Even though the information minister had anticipated and promised 70 questions from journalists, the President completely overturned the outline for the question session allowing just about 15 questions.
Furthermore, the Information Minister’s strategy to pre-group journalists and their questions under specific themes proved restrictive and made it almost impossible for journalists to ask follow-up questions.”