Social media users mock NDC for copying Sunday Press Briefings of Info Ministry

General News of Monday, 17 February 2020

Source: dailymailgh.com

2020-02-17

Some NDC official during their press conference at Twifo Praso

Social media users have heavily criticized the Opposition NDC and its Communications team over what they say are attempts to copy the Sunday Press Briefings organized by the Ministry of Information.

In what appears to be a 360 degree turn around, the opposition NDC has switched from an initial criticism of the Ministry of Information’s Sunday Press briefing and has now decided to to copy the press briefings.

The briefings which were introduced by sector Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah were heavily criticized by the NDC as unholy for a day set aside for worship. According to MP for south Tongu Sam Okudzeto Ablakwa it was unholy to host press briefings when everyone one was gone to church. The Minority MP who led the attack on the briefings further said any Press briefing on Sundays was a platform to tell lies.

In response, Minister Nkrumah defended the Sunday 1pm briefings as a necessary platform for providing regular information to Ghanaians while responding to pressing national issues. Public Relations analysts viewed it as a creative approach to defining issues ahead of the coming week.

Contrary to the NDCs initial attacks on the briefings the party now seems to have discovered its usefulness and have now decided to copy it exactly.

On Sunday, February 16, 2020, the NDCs communications team decided to stage its own briefing at exactly 1pm in an attempt to upstage the Minister’s briefing. The briefing focused on what the party considered as a the failure of government’s anti-galamsey fight.

Social media was however awash with Mockery of the NDC’s copying tactic after obvious eating back of their initial criticism of the briefings.

Some Social media comments read…

”stop copying the MOI, We want to know where the NDC is going to have the airbus briefing as well ….hahahahaha”

”The information ministry briefings is given the opposition sleepiness nights. Today is twifo praso and next week will be inside river densu”

”Stop copying the information ministry and come out with your running mate”

”The information ministry briefings is given the opposition sleepiness nights. Today is twifo praso and next week will be inside river densu”

Other social media users have applauded the Ministry of Information for developing such innovative platforms which were now forcing the NDC to copy its strategies.

One common thread among many comments was the fact that it amounted to an endorsement of the government’s strategy and its effectiveness.

The Ministry of Information and government actors have regularly used the Sunday 1pm briefings to set the tone on major upcoming national activities and commence national conversations around the briefings.

It remains unclear how the government communications team will react to the attempt by the Minority to stampede its communications platforms.