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Ghana, has since the advent of the fourth republican dispensation, had a number of Ministers in-charge of Information. Whereas some of them lived up to expectation, others were quite disappointing, and I regret to say that the latter are in the majority. It is therefore not surprising that many a Ghanaian, largely perceive the Information Ministry as the official propaganda wing of incumbent governments until the appointment of Hon. Sheick Mustapha Abdul-Hamid as Minister of Information.
He, together with his hardworking deputies have been able to significantly transform the Information Ministry and have given it a new image. The Ministry, which hitherto, departed from its core mandate has now been able to pick up the pieces and is generally seen as arguably, the most vibrant Ministry one can think of. Now, when you talk about Ministry of Information, what comes to mind, is NOT government propaganda but Development Communication, with emphasis on honesty, transparency and truthfulness.
Again, the Information Ministry, under Hon. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, doesn’t just tell government story or explain government policies TO the people, but does that WITH the people. In other words, the Ministry provides an opportune platform for the experts and the general public to play active role in the making of government policies and more importantly, in the implementation of same. Clearly, Hon. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid is doing a yeoman’s job for his Ministry; the government of President Nana Akufo-Addo and for the Ghanaian people. I doubt we could have had a better Information Minister. Such a blessing Mustapha Abdul-Hamid has proven to be for his country!
On this date of his birth, I am pleased to join the rest of Ghana, Africa and the World to celebrate this illustrious son of our land. Today, just like always, I celebrate his international award winning achievements and also wish him the very best in life. Sheick, you are a monumental blessing to this generation and I’m not surprised you are celebrating your birthday in the holiest month of the year, RAMADAN. Once again happy birthday Hon. Sheick Mustapha Abdul-Hamid. Stay blessed.
Source: Iddi Muhayu-Deen || iddi16.blogspot.com
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