Let the system work despite challenges – GNA Managers told

Accra- Mrs Yaa Oforiwah Asare-Peasah, the Acting General Manager of the Ghana News Agency (GNA) has commended Regional Managers and staff of the Agency for their sacrifices and steadfastness in keeping the Agency running in spite of limited resources.

She noted that it was encouraging that, in the wake of those challenges, and limitations, the workers continued to sacrifice and also strived to meet targets and encouraged them not to lose hope while efforts were made to bring Agency back on her feet.

Mrs Asare-Peasah was addressing this year’s Regional Managers conference of the Agency which was attended by the Regional Managers, Departmental and Sectional Heads in Accra.

The annual conference is intended to review the performance of the previous year, share ideas and chart the way forward towards improving the performance of the Agency for national development.

The meeting brought together Regional Managers from the Western, Central, Tema, Volta, Ashanti, Brong Ahafo, Northern, Upper East and West Regions to review their work.

Mrs Asare-Peasah said the Agency played a unique role in mobilising the citizens for nation building, economic and social development, as well as national unity and integration, which the GNA had executed with distinction over the past 60 years.

I therefore believe that this meeting will help us share ideas that will contribute to promoting these noble vision entrusted to us by our founding fathers to finally enable the Agency stand on her feet and help in the national development.

The Acting General Manager made reference to some logistics the Agency needed to work effectively, such as vehicles, furniture, cameras and computers and accessories and commended the GCB Bank for donating some computers and printers to the Agency and appealed to other public spirited organisations to help.

We should continue with the good spirit we have exhibited so far, I believe that all is not lost, and keep on praying and hoping that the good things we want for the Agency and ourselves will happen one day, she urged the Managers.

Mr Kwaku Osei-Bonsu, the Acting Supervising Chief Editor, gave a rundown of the number of stories filed by the various regions and encouraged them to improve upon their performance.

He said currently, the Agency has 123 staff of which 65 were journalists at the Editorial Department and a large number of stringers.

The Regional Managers complained about resource constraints, while others said some of the stringers were not committed and ineffective.

The Managers called for improvement of their conditions of service to enhance their performance.

The GNA was established in 1957 as the information arm of government to collate and disseminate news reports to aids in mobilising and rallying the people for national development.

Source: Ghana News Agency