MAIDEN UPPER WEST MEDIAN IN SOCIAL ACCOUNBILITY AWARDS
We organized the maiden edition of the media in social accountability awards programme under the theme "re-directing media focus on social accountability for improved Local governance in the upper west region'. The event took place in Wa at the In-service Training Center and was grace by the chief director of the Upper west regional coordinating Council who represented the Honorable Upper West Regional Minister, Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih
The media as the third arm of any effective democracy plays a critical role in demanding a responsive and accountable Government to citizens. While the media’s role in social accountability is mostly known for its coverage of corruption incidence and abuse of power in the government, its major strength lies in shaping public opinion and in influencing public policies. An effective, independent, and pluralistic media contribute significantly to an enabling environment for an active citizenship.
Five media houses and individual journalist walked home with awards for their works around social accountability in the region. We are congratulate Iddrisu Dasaana of Radio Progress - a local community radio station in Wa for receiving the overall best award. It is our hope the success of this event would open more doors for promoting media activities for improved delivery of social services in our communities. we are equally grateful to STAR Ghana foundation and its donors for the financial support. We look forward to further support to build on this maiden experience.