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Mr Bernard Otabil, General Manager of the Ghana News Agency (GNA), has signaled a new direction of the nation’s wire-service, with the strengthening of its regional operations as a major thrust.
The Agency’s strength, he noted, lies in the effective coverage of the regions and the districts, and that is why it’s regional and district offices are going to be given the deserved attention.
Mr Otabil was interacting with the staff of the Kumasi Office of the Agency during a visit to acquaint himself with the situation on the ground and share his vision on repositioning of the GNA within the Ghanaian media landscape.
He called for the staff to re-dedicate themselves and to be more innovative to be part of the new vision.
“There is the need to develop the culture of creativity, innovation and hard work in order to build on our own achievements over the years.”
He said given the strategic location of Kumasi, and the enormous opportunities it offers, the Agency’s Office would be supported for optimal operation, and announced plans to establish a business desk there.
Mr Otabil said the GNA’s strong background in development communication makes it a formidable and relevant force.
He commended the staff for their hard work and said the fact that they had chosen to stay on in spite of the challenges reinforced his belief in the future of the Agency.
The acting Ashanti Regional Manager, Mr Kwaku Osei Bonsu, said notwithstanding the severe constraints under which they were operating, the commitment, passion and work ethics of the staff had been admirable.