Akufo-Addo Gov’t Consumes 16 Journalists

The Akufo-Addo government, keeps swallowing journalists into its fold, with the latest being Francisca Ashietey-Odunton, who has been posted to Kenya, as Ghana’s ambassador to that country.

Three days ago, journalist cum lawyer, Egbert Faibille jnr, publisher of the Observer newspaper, was appointed to head the Petroleum Commission, as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Many more according to The Herald’s insiders, are being offered scholarships to go and study abroad, while some others are also on weekly and monthly stipends to doing PR for the Akufo-Addo government.

At the last count, there were about 16 vocal journalists consumed by the government. They have been offered various appointments, including Ministers of state, board chairmen and spokespersons.

They include; Gina Blay co-owner of the Daily Guide newspaper, who is currently in Germany as Ghana’s ambassador and Broadcast Journalist, Kweku Sekyi-Addo, who is the Board Chairman of the National Communication Authority (NCA), serving on the same board with another Broadcast Journalist, Paul Adom-Otchere, host of Good Evening Ghana on Metro TV.

Also in the government as the Minister of Business Development is the owner of The Finder Newspaper; Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, who is also ex-Managing Director (MD) of Graphic Communications Group Limited.

Former host of Joy FM’s Super Morning Show, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, is serving as Deputy Minister of Information, apart from his legislative position as the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Ofoase-Ayirebi Constituency in the Eastern Region

Also serving in the Ministry of Information is Curtis Perry Okudzeto; a product of Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ)

There is also Jefferson Kwamina Sackey formerly of Joy FM, also working for the Akufo-Addo government inside the Flagstaff House as Media Consultant, Film Maker and Public Relations (PR) Strategist.

Adom FM producer, Frank Agyei Twum, formerly News Editor of “The Statesman” newspaper, is also inside the Flagstaff House. He is serving as the Media Manager for the Vice-President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.

Then there is Ken Kuranchie of the Daily Searchlight newspaper, who is now serving as a member of the National Media Commission (NMC)

Two broadcast journalists, Kwabena Kwakye and Fiifi Boafo, both from Assin Central Member of Parliament (MP) Kennedy Agyapong’s Accra-based Oman FM are not left out.

While, Mr. Kwakyi, is swerving on the juicy Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) board, Mr. Boafo, is also on an equally succulent employment as Manager in the office of the Ghana Cocoa Board Chief Executive, Joseph Boahen Aidoo.

President Nana Akufo-Addo, has appointed Ernest Owusu Bempah, as the communications director of the Ghana Gas. He was the owner of the now defunct Ghanaian Eye Newspaper.

Mustapha Abdul-Hamid as the Minister for Information and Spokesperson for the Presidency, has once acted as Editor of “The Statesman” newspaper.

Then there is also the hidden face of Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, nephew of President Akufo-Addo who runs the “The Statesman” newspaper from his Labone office.  

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