Five years after the Head of Public Affairs of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Numo Blafo III, has been relieved of his position. the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo administration has through Ofoase Ayiribi MP Kojo Oppong Nkrumah announced plans to assign Public Relations Officers and Press Secretaries for Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Chief Executives across the country.
Numo was believed to have been assigned a new role by the Ministry of Information, but it is unclear where exactly he’s headed to, and in what capacity he will be serving.
His position was occupied by a former parliamentary correspondent and Journalist with the Information Services Department (ISD), Gilbert Nii Ankrah.
Five years on, the former deputy Information Minister, under whose watch Numo Blafo was sack thinks it’s now prudent to assign communicators to Assemblies to help in their public engagements.
According to him, the decision will enable the Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Chief Executives to focus on their core mandate and also help them provide timely and adequate information to the public.
Kojo made the disclosure when he met Journalists in the Eastern Region as part of the ministry’s ongoing nationwide-wide media tour.
“We are working to ensure that they (MMDCEs) can have Public Relations Officers and Press Secretaries who can engage you more. While the President himself is leading the work, I am traveling from Takoradi to Ho, Cape Coast, Oti Region to Koforidua so I can engage you. The same way the Mayor, the Municipal and District Chief Executives are doing a number of things, occasionally they may be able to speak to you but we must help them by getting them a press secretary or spokesperson who can on regular basis be responding to you,” Oppong Nkrumah said