The Public Affairs Section of the American Embassy in Accra paid a facility visit to Zaa Multimedia at its office, adjacent to Modern City Hotel in the Sagnarigu Municipality of the Northern Region. The visit was led by Press Attaché, Kevin Brosnahan and the embassy press and media specialist, Madam Joyce Asiedu. The purpose of their visit was to interact with management of Zaa Multimedia and also share the American government’s interventions in Ghana, especially the Northern Region through the United State Agency for International Development (USAID) over the years. The embassy media section was in Tamale to witness a day’s training of rural journalists from Northern and Upper East Regions on fact checking organized by Dubawa with support from the embassy.
The team interacted with the Zaa Multimedia Head of Programs, Abukari Memunatu and Director of Radio, Alhaji Alhassan Seidu Kayaba.
Among the issues discussed were US government supports in agriculture, health, education and economic empowerment and media operations in the region. The US Embassy press attaché’ before the interaction had a one-on-one interview with Zaa Radio Morning Show host, Saani Mohammed Luqman on a wide range of issues including relevance of fact checking in democratic society, journalists safety and media freedom in Ghana.
Mr Kevin said, Northern Ghana is very important to the US government with 130 million dollars spent in Northern Ghana every year. He emphasized the need for safety of journalists assuring that the US government will continue to support media practitioners through capacity building and opportunities outside their operational areas.
Director of Radio, Alhaji Kayaba explained to the embassy USAID officials programs Zaa Multimedia has been implementing through and assured that Zaa Multimedia doors are always open for any partnership and collaboration gear towards enhancing economic wellbeing of the people in the region.
Source: Mohammed Ibrahim, Zaanews.com