Ghana’s Ministry of Sanitation headed by Madam Cecilia Abena Dapaah has apologized to an intern with Accra-based Adom FM, Rahinatu Abdul Bach, for disrespecting and deeming her unfit to directly call her on the mobile phone let alone interview her (Madam Dapaah) because she (Rahinatu) is an intern.
Rahinatu Abdul Bach was verbally assaulted when she wanted to get the ministry’s reaction to reports, on persons caught littering and ordered to pick up the litter or sweep the streets.
The Minister said, “You don’t let an intern call a minister, an elderly person like me? Please respect the office even if you don’t respect me as a human being”
CIIM, in a statement, said its members see the minister’s action as “an attack on the media”, adding: “In an era where our seniors face constant attacks on the job, we think this is an affront to the government’s effort to ensure the security and safety of journalists”.
Meanwhile reacting to the development in support of her fellow minister of state, Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful said: “A minister is not the training ground for an intern.”
Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful said: “This chronic disrespect for political officeholders in Ghana is getting quite nauseating”, adding: “Try getting into the office of a minister anywhere in the world without an appointment and see if you’ll be allowed in”.
In Ghana, the Ablekuma West MP continued: “The minister will be roasted because they are public officers, so, should be at everyone’s beck and call. You can’t just pick up the phone and insist on an interview without prior arrangement and the media house must send the appropriately trained personnel to conduct the interview.
An intern must be supervised by a superior when out on the field to ensure they acquire the right on-the-job skills. Even as a qualified lawyer doing my pupillage in Akufo-Addo, Prempeh & Co., I was supervised by a senior lawyer and never let loose on my own to deal with clients for fear of making mistakes that might cost the firm”.
“That’s how you learn (and you should never be so arrogant as to think graduation from school gives you all the skills you need to work). That’s what serious organizations who value their corporate reputation do. And they apologize when they step out of line instead of blaming those who insist on the right thing being done. An intern or trainee should not be sent to interview anyone or interact with senior officials without supervision.”
The Ministry has therefore apologized in a statement copied to GhanaNewsPag.com
Portion of the statement reads. “The reads, we sincerely apologize to the reporter and media house for any inconvenience caused and hope we will continue to work more closely together“
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Source: Ghana | GhanaNewsPage.com | William Kabutey Dosoo