General News of Friday, 26 October 2018
Information Minister-designate, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has said he finds nothing wrong with journalists holding political party cards.
Appearing before the appointments committee of Parliament Friday, Oppong Nkrumah disclosed that he was a card bearing member of the governing New Patriotic Party throughout his day at Multimedia as a broadcaster and host of the Super Morning Show.
That notwithstanding, he said he did not allow his affiliation with the NPP obfuscate his professionalism.
“I did not train as a journalist but when I got on the job my employers were kind enough to subject me to a lot of training both locally and internationally.
“One of the things that I was trained with is professionalism. To stay on the fact and to stay in the middle very often regardless of what your personal sentiments are on a particular matter. And I tried very hard to demonstrate that on my line of work when I was practicing as a journalist,” he told the committee in a response to a question posed to him by a member of the committee, Nii Lante Vanderpuye.
He added: “I do know that today there are a lot of journalists out there who are members, some are card bearing of various political parties. That in itself is not bad.
“The test is how you are able to do your work and professionalism so that at the end of the day, the average viewer or listener will say that has been a fair job. It doesn’t seem to have pondered to any side.”
My nomination is a vote of confidence to young ones
The Information Minister designate in thanking President Akufo-Addo for the honour done him said his elevation to be the substantive Information Minister is an indication of the confidence the President has in the youth.
“I think that my nomination is a vote of confidence in young people, that young person can have an opportunity to contribute their quota to our governance exercise,” the former broadcaster told the Appointment Committee of Parliament Friday when he appeared before it.