By Edmund Mingle
Monday, 05 November 2007
Operations of the Information Services Department (ISD) was boosted on Thursday, with the commissioning of 146 mobile cinema vans for its activities throughout the country.
The vans, equipped with modern cinema and public address systems will enhance the Department’s fleet in public education as part of the government’s national orientation agenda.
They will be distributed to district offices of the ISD to provide information on government policies, entertainment and public education to the citizenry especially in rural areas.
Ms. Oboshie Sai Cofie, Minister of Information and National Orientation, commissioning the vans, said that the vans have a role to play in disseminating information to the public despite improved contribution of the media in that regard.
“We believe this will further strengthen the Ministry’s objective of conveying the government’s messages to every Ghanaian, in a format and language they will understand,” she said.
She said that it is a matter of priority that as the world is developing fast with information technology, every effort should be made to enable the citizenry to become aware, understand and appreciate the efforts of the government in transforming the development of the country.
As part of the operations of the vans which were acquired with funds from the government, the Minister explained that various Ghanaian documentaries, comedies, music video and drama will be showed to ensure a mix of information, entertainment and public education.
Personnel on the vans are also expected to collect feedback forms the public on government programmes for the concerns of the public to be known and addressed.
Elvis Adanyina, acting Director of the ISD thanked the government for the support and advised field officers to maintain the vans efficiently.
That, he said was the only way to reciprocate the assistance of the government.