Kayode Akintemi, new managing director of Ignite Media Group, has paid a courtesy visit to Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Ghana’s information minister, to “promote pan-African agenda”.
Speaking during the visit, the award-winning journalist said the move was to inform the ministry about the company’s drive for mutual partnership and societal growth.
Akintemi said when established, such collaboration would help advance development journalism and foster better understanding between the country’s government and its citizens.
“It’s extremely important that developmental journalism has got to be the direction that we go and that means we have to tell the government what we feel the people are saying,” he said.
“And when government does something right, we cannot ignore it, it has to be our job and our duty to say, government has done well here so that there’s an appreciation of the efforts of government.
“This will also ensure that everything is not focused on the opposition perspective that nothing is ever good because the media is not part of the opposition. That’s what we’re here to do.”
In his remark, the minister commended the company’s push for development-oriented journalism.
He reiterated the ministry’s commitment to providing the necessary support required for the company to thrive in the country.
“Welcome once again, I can only wish you all the best. Our doors are always open,” he said.
Akintemi also appreciated the warm reception the minister gave him and his team.
“My friend and brother @KONkrumah, Ghana’s Minister of Information, was gracious, kind & assures me Ghana is open for business and Ghana is a perfect place to drive the Pan-African agenda from,” he wrote on Twitter.
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