The Communications Directorate of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) on Wednesday, October 5, 2022, paid a working visit to the management of Despite Media at Abeka Junction.
The team also interacted with the Presenters and panel on the various morning shows on Peace FM, UTV, Okay FM and Neat FM as well as Peacefmonline.
The meeting, which was facilitated by the Communications Directors of the party, was to afford them the opportunity to interact with the Despite Media on the best ways to address legitimate concerns in respect of the communication mechanism of the party.
The meeting explored ways to ensure effective collaboration between NPP Communicators and Despite Media.
Communications Director of the party, Mr. Richard Ahiagbah, addressing the meeting, said; “Our mission here today is to meet your outfit to know how best you can help us tell our story. We have a good product that we are selling and need your outfit to help our voices to be heard in the media space. The reason is simple; Despite Media being very influential when it comes to Media in Ghana. So we are here to appeal to you all to give us your various platforms to air our message for the good people of Ghana to hear our voices and make a decision."
Mr. Ahiagbah also stressed that the, “NPP has always and continue to make good policies whenever we are in government unlike the opposition NDC that lack policies and without any social intervention but the challenges is that, there is a lope hole somehow in how to transcend our message to Ghanaians”.
“Speaking of policies and social intervention, NPP can boast of NHIS, school feeding, capitation grant, Free SHS etc. Our message is short and that is we appeal to you to give us your platforms to air our message,” he added.
Deputy Communications Director, Jennifer Oforiwaa Queen, on her part, said; “We respect you and gave you the needed respect because of the opportunity given to us to speak on your stations. We don’t and will never take you for granted because we need you as much as you also need us so let’s hold our hands together to move the country forward. We don’t do propaganda but rather speak on issues and that is what we are known for as a political party. We need your platform to talk about what we have done, what we are doing and What we will do .”
Members of the media House also expressed their heartfelt gratitude to the party Communicators for according them the needed respect.
They advised the Communications team to empower their Communicators by providing them with accurate information and urged them to stick to issues devoid of innuendoes, slander and insults.
Unresponsive to calls from Producers was another challenge that the team urged them to take note.
They advised them to ensure their appointees, MPs and other high profile members answer their calls when the need arises.
They also told them to be patient when they hear their names or any issues related to the party on TV or radio and read them online as well.
They further urged them to be proactive and know how to balance their communication and persuasion techniques.
The NPP team was led by the Director of Communications, Mr. Richard Ahiagbah together with his Deputies in the persons of George Krobea Asante, Ernest Owusu Bempah, Kamal Deen and Jennifer Oforiwaa Queen.
Other members of the Communications Directorate who went with the team were Nana Ayimadu Bekoe who is in charge of Deployment and Emmanuel Yaw Mensah, Administrator of the Directorate.
Also, with the team as part of the media tour were Alexandra Akwasi Acquah, Member of Parliament for Akim Oda and Samuel Ayeh-Peye, Former Member of Parliament for Ayensuano constituency who are also members of the National Communications Team.
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