The Chairman of the newly inaugurated Communications Committee of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), says the greatest challenge facing the government is how to effectively co-ordinate information on its policies and programmes.

Ekwow Spio-Garbrah tells Joy News that although some effort has been made to correct past blunders, a lot more work needs to be done.

He was speaking to Joy News’ Cyrus De-Graft Johnson at a ceremony where members of various committees of the ruling party were sworn into office in Accra on Wednesday.

Spio-Garbrah, who is also a vice chairman of the party, says the Communication Committee must formulate strategies to effectively disseminate the government’s policy.

According to him, while the party plans on developing a communications strategy, the NDC “has a responsibility to defend its own political interests.”

Dr Spio-Garbrah said however that such a communication strategy requires a lot of planning to achieve.

He hinted that certain individuals in and outside the government have contributed substantially in ensuring effective communication by the NDC since the party came to power.

Asked what the role of the Communication Committee will be, weeks after its establishment, Dr Spio-Garbrah said the committee will “provide the overall framework of policies, programmes, strategies and plans of a communications nature,” in the party.

The NDC in government has been streamlining communication, a situation analysts believe led to the scrapping of the presidential spokesperson portfolio.

Former presidential spokesperson, Mahama Ayariga is Deputy Minister designate for the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

Parliament has yet to approve his nomination after weeks of investigation into accusations that he wrongfully acquired tractors meant for farmers.

Although the Appointments Committee has cleared him of any wrongdoing, NPP MP for Abuakwa South, Atta Akyea, says a report of his approval must go to Parliament for approval in the course of the week.

Listen to attached audio for interview Spio granted Cyrus De-Graft Johnson

Story by Fiifi Koomson/