By Stephen Odoi-Larbi

Hon.Fritz Baffour. Minister Information Designate. Pix by Eric Owiredu

Irresponsibility on the part of the masses has resulted in chaos in some parts of the world where properties were destroyed and lives lost.

To avert such a situation in Ghana, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Ablekuma South and minister designate for the Ministry of Information, Fritz Baffour, has proposed to the government to make civic awareness one of its major policies to conscientise the people about their responsibilities in the society.

Mr. Baffour made this proposal when he appeared before the Appointments Committee of Parliament for vetting on his newly appointed role in government yesterday in Accra.

His response was in connection to a question posed by the Deputy Minority Leader, Ambrose Derry on what could be done to make Ghanaians more responsible in the society.

To him, when such a policy is pursued, anarchy in society would be a thing of the past since the people would be abreast with their various responsibilities wherever they find themselves.

He told the panel that the aforementioned proposal would be one of his objectives to pursue when his nomination is approved.

Responding to a quarry on what could be done to sanitize the media landscape in the country, the producer of ‘Sincerely Yours’ a once popular variety show on state television, GTV in the 90’s said it was time the media regulate themselves to do away with all negative things that undermines their operations.

“It is time the media got to self regulate; they’ve got to check themselves,” he intoned in a perky voice.

He told the panel chaired by the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament and MP for Avenor Ave, Edward Doe Adjaho that the problems confronting the Ghanaian media had to do with the advent of new media (social networking sites) and pleaded that the National Media Commission (NMC) be supported with all the necessary logistics to carry out their duties efficiently.

Reacting to a question posed by the MP for Abuakwa South, Atta Akyea on whether he shares the view that the Ministry of Information should be scraped off since it is becoming a propaganda arm of government, Mr. Baffour answered in the negative.

He argued “the ministry is supposed to be the arm of government to disseminate government policies. The propaganda should be left alone to the party.”

On what role he could play to better position Ghana at the international front, the Ablekuma South MP said he would bring his rich expertise to fore to better brand the country by propagating its rich heritage.

“We have a better story to tell than most of the African countries. DSTV is used by the South Africans to tell their stories in diverse ways and we can do same here,” he noted.

Also appearing before the Appointments Committee was the minister of state designate at the presidency and MP for Garu Tempane, Dominic Azimbe Azumah.

He almost had a field day from the panel but when questioned on how he would use his rich experience to reconcile feuding factions in the country, especially, in the north, he was quick to note that “Bawku will soon enjoy the peace that it once enjoyed in those days.”

To achieve that, Mr. Azimbe told the panel that all the feuding factions “must make lots of compromises.”

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