Fatimatu Abubakar
Fatimatu Abubakar

The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has extended a congratulatory message to Fatimatu Abubakar on her nomination as Information Minister-designate.

The association has pledged its support and unwavering commitment to collaborating with the Minister-Designate in matters about the media.

Madam Abubakar who was a Deputy Minister was elevated in President Nana Akufo-Addo’s Valentine’s Day reshuffle on Wednesday.

This was on the back of her boss, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah’s re-assignment to the Works and Housing Ministry.

In a statement, GJA expressed confidence in Fatimatu Abubakar’s ability to effectively lead the ministry, citing her extensive experience as a testament to her qualification for the role.

“Having worked closely with her as Deputy Minister, the Association strongly believes she has acquainted herself with the various problems and prospects in the media industry and can now lead in addressing the challenges and contribute to a more vibrant media landscape,” the statement eulogised.

Meanwhile, GJA has appealed to the Minister-Designate to protect the rights and freedom of expression and also the safety of all journalists.

“Hon. Minister Designate, as you embark on your new role, we urge you to prioritize the protection of freedom of expression and the safety of journalists. Safeguarding journalists’ ability to report without fear is crucial for a healthy democracy. Your dedication to upholding these values will be instrumental in fostering transparency and accountability within our society.

“As you wait to appear before the Appointments Committee of Parliament towards your eventual approval, the GJA wants to emphasize the paramount importance of revitalizing our media industry, as a thriving media space is essential for fostering an informed citizenry, encouraging public discourse, and promoting accountability. By implementing policies that support diversity, innovation, and ethical standards within the media sector, we can ensure its resilience and relevance in our rapidly changing society. Your leadership in this direction will be pivotal in shaping the future of the media and government’s communications,” the statement appealed.