Information Services Department Holds Training Programme for their Regional and District Officers
By Bala Ali
The Information Services Department (ISD) and her mother Ministry, the Ministry of Information, held a two day research training programme for their Regional and District Information Officers on Wednesday, 14th October, 2020, at the Ministry of Information Press Centre.
In his welcome address, Mr. Charles Wereko, the National Director of the Information Services Department, explained that the training programme was meant to equip the Information Officers with modern day research methods and technologies. For this reason, he admonished his Regional Information Officers to strive to understand to enable them teach their officers in their respective regions. He also eulogised Hon. Kojo Opong Nkrumah, the sector minister for his efforts in resourcing the ISD to become very useful to the government.
Hon. Kojo Opong Nkrumah, who gave the opening remarks, used that platform to acknowledge the District Information Officers (DIOs) for furnishing his ministry with news worthy reports. He admitted that the news reports filed by these Information Officers has helped his ministry to feed the public with government activities.
He also seized the opportunity to tell the Information Officers what his outfit has been doing to support the ISD to function better. Admitting the place of research in promoting good governance, he informed the house how he together with the Chief Director of the Ministry of Information, Mrs. Mamle Andrews, and the Director of ISD, Mr. Charles Wereko, have been workin to transform the research department of the ISD to make it live up to expectation. According to the minister, the ISD research department has been provided with 16 computers, which are assigned to each of the regions. The latest is the provision of 260 android tablets to ensure effective administration and analysis of questionnaire. This happened at the programme.
He also complimented the DIOs and the research department for the recent researches they conducted. He said he had the opportunity to present the ISD's research report to cabinet and the decision making body of the nation was very happy to see ISD conducting such a research. He observed that the government was pleased with the ISD for the report. It is against this backdrop that his ministry decided to give the officers this particular training to sharping their research skills.
Day one of the programme saw the officers going through the basics of research methods, which was handled by two experts from the University of Ghana and Ghana Statistical Service. Dr. Theophilus Abutima, a researcher at the Centre of Migration Studies of the University of Ghana, walked the participants through relevance of data, ethical issues in research and how to design questionnaire, among others. On his part, Mr. Amuzu Fury, Director, Social Demographics and Statistics with the Ghana Statistical Service, looked at sampling techniques.
Hon. Nana Ama Dokuaa Asiamah, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Information, who graced the programme with her revered presence, presented android tablets to the Regional Information Officers. The programme continues on Thursday, 15th October, 2020.
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