Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin, Okyenhene and President of the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs, has called on the media to speak out on issues that affect the environment, development and particularly health of people.
He said the media may not have the power to change or formulate polices, but they have the power of the pen and voice to speak out on issues without fear or favour to effect policy and behavioural changes.
The Okyenhene said illegal mining and all other forms of mining that leaved pits uncovered to breed mosquitoes and increase the Malaria burden, are not in the interest of national development as well as people who lived in such communities.
He noted that: “whether small scale, illegal mining or community mining, there is the tendency of leaving pits uncovered, which would breed mosquitoes as well as become death traps for people in those communities. We need to ensure that the right thing is done everywhere”.
The Okyenhene made the call at the 2nd edition of the Eastern GJA awards held in Koforidua, on the theme: “Securing Malaria Free Ghana, Role of the Media” where deserving journalists were honoured in a competitive nomination.
The President of the House of Chiefs noted that, the malaria burden is a threat to Africa and Ghana is not an exception, yet, “issues of malaria has not captured the focus of the media to attract the needed attention”.