By thefourlens.com

Kumasi, June 29, 2024

The principle of integrity, probity and honesty is key for both the media and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to demand accountability from the duty bearers without fear or favor.

Therefore, “let’s be upright, do your work well, follow the ethics and commit yourself to truthfulness and honesty” in discharging of duties for positive change.

Mrs. Aba Oppong, with the Right and Responsibilities Initiative Ghana, an NGO, who is a member of the Ghana Anti Corruption Coalition has implored.

She was speaking in an interview with the media on the sidelines of a two-day training workshop at Kumasi, organized by the Ghana Statistical Services (GSS) for the Media and CSOs between Thursday and Friday.

Mrs. Oppong explained CSOs were supposed to be non partisan, hold accountability and integrity of themselves as well as their organizations.

Also a good Governance and gender advocate, Mrs Oppong charged the media to remain inpatial, uphold human rights and accountability and seek for the good of all men so that there would be no room for anybody to compromise the truth.

The workshop was for the GSS to bring data of Ghana’s Multi-dimensional poverty report down to the level that the media and CSOs would know the accurate data of happenings, well understand the data, and correctly interprate and disseminate it to the public at the communities and local levels in their respective endeavors.

It was participated by selected media practitioners and CSOs from the Western North,  Bono East, Ahafo, Ashanti, and Bono Regions.

The core objective was for the media to use the statistics of the Multi-dimensional Poverty Report to hold duty bearers accountable whilst the CSOs uses it for their advocacy activities to help influence policies towards national poverty alleviation from the local and community levels.  

In the report that covers all the 261 Districts, Municipal and Metropolis in the country, a total of 7.3million Ghanaians are Multi-dimensionally poor with the incidence of poverty being 24.3 per cent. 

The report revealed that 43.8 per cent of Ghanaians are intensively poor according to the Multi-dimensional Poverty indicators, including Living conditions, Education, Employment and Health.

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