The Ministry of Information has existed under different names since independence in 1957. It has metamorphosed from being called Ministry of Information and Culture, Ministry of Information and Tourism, Public Relations Secretariat, Ministry of Communications, Ministry of Media Relations, Ministry of Information and Presidential Affairs (MIPA), Ministry of Information and National Orientation (MINO) and currently its new name; The Ministry of Information and Media Relations.
Ministry : Ministry of Information and Media Relations
Minister : Mahama Ayariga
Postal Address : P.O Box M 41 Accra
Telephone : (+233-302) 229870
Fax : (+233-302) 229870
The Vision of the Ministry is the attainment of a free, united, informed and prosperous society with good governance through development communication.
The Ministry of Information exists to facilitate a two-way free flow of timely and reliable information and feedback between the Government and its various publics and to assist in the development, co-ordination of policy; to monitor and evaluate the implementation of programmes and activities by the Sectors Agencies.
1. To strengthen institutional capacity for effective policy formulation and execution.
2. To ensure free flow of public information in pursuance of the open Government policy.
3. To effectively and efficiently monitor and evaluate public responses to Government policies, programmes and activities and provide timely feedback to Government.
4. To project the image of the country in collaboration with other agencies to attract foreign investment in consonance with Government policy.
5. To co-ordinate activities of the Presidency towards ensuring uniformity and focus in executing policies, programmes and activities.
The Agencies of the Sector are;
- General Administration
- Information Services Department (ISD)
- Ghana News Agency (GNA)
- Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC)
- National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI)
INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT (ISD)
This Department is the major operational agency of the Ministry. It serves as Government's major public relations organisation both locally and abroad.
The Department is mandated to:
Create awareness of Government policies, programmes and activities.
Promote Ghana 's international marketing agenda.
Provide Public Relations support to Government Ministries, Departments, Agencies and Ghana 's missions abroad.
Get feedback from the public to government for policy reinforcement or redirection.
Its modus operandi include, organising regular weekly interactions with the media on Tuesdays and Thursdays on various issues and Government programmes; produce various audio-visual documentaries for public education and outreach programmes.
The Department has contributed tremendously to the dissemination of information in the past through the use of visual, audio, print and face-to-face interaction through drama, films and talk shows, mounted on the ubiquitous cinema vans which criss-crossed the whole country and is determined to do more for the country with the advent of ICTs.
When the portal www.ghana.gov.gh was established in 2002, the Department assumed additional responsibility by discharging its traditional functions electronically through the provision of information and other public services through the Internet. The facility has proven to be one effective communication tool to disseminate Government's information to the public and to get feedback to provide the way forward in our national development. The Portal links MDAs with websites and other institutions.
The Information Services Department also collaborates with the Ministry of Communications and other stakeholders in the management of the Community Information Centres. There are other host of roles that the department play.
GHANA NEWS AGENCY (GNA)
The GNA plays a major role in contributing to the political, social and economic development of the nation through data-gathering, processing and dissemination through wire service. The Agency is re-engineering the process of transforming itself into an autonomous news agency.
GHANA BROADCASTING CORPORATION (GBC)
Ghana Broadcasting Corporation was founded to provide radio and television broadcasting services for general reception in Ghana. The legislation that basically set up GBC as a Corporation is the National Liberation Council Decree 226 (NLCD 266) of 1968.
Ghana Broadcasting Corporation has the mandate to inform, educate and entertain as well as engage in commercial broadcasting through the sale of paid adverts and exploitation of other sources of revenue related to the broadcast business.
GBC was founded in the era when it was the responsibility of Governments to set up and run media establishments as an essential tool for national development. Throughout the years, GBC as a public service broadcaster has performed creditably. It has made significant contributions not only to the spread of knowledge but also an instrument of education and a source of entertainment.
Broadcasting to a predominantly a non-literate society, GBC has over the years contributed in a far greater way to the enlightenment and mobilisation of the Ghanaian populace for national development.
NATIONAL FILM AND TELEVISION INSTITUTE (NAFTI)
NAFTI is a tertiary institution for the training of film and television production techniques in the country. The institute organises various seminars and workshops in film and television production for practitioners as well as staff development courses. It exists to augment the number of media practitioners for an improved quality of work.