The president of the Institute for Liberty and Policy Innovation (ILAPI-Ghana), Peter Bismark Kwofie, has intimated that it is about time journalists ask duty bearers the right questions that will push the country into economic freedom.
The President said, ILAPI was established with the mission to provide innovative economic research and pensive multidisciplinary public policy advocacy through intellectually inspired leadership to help create freedom and prosperity for a free society.
Therefore, ILAPI is with a high hope to inspire journalists across the African continent to share messages of freedom, individual liberty, and economic principles to improve economic freedom and prosperity for its people.
“Our vision is to strive to reach out to the star of perfection by advocating, researching, educating and inspire through creative and empathetic involvement in the society to transform it,” Mr. Kwofie said.
According to him, “Classical Liberal principles must be at the root of Africa’s economy to create intra-trade, competition and prosperity. This is the only way Africa’s democratic beings would prosper. Having all the resources with the wrong ideology creates a stunted economy and poverty,” he bemoaned.
He noted that, Journalists are the fourth arm of government and the central force of information, therefore they have a lot to do to ensure there is free and fair distribution of wealth across board.
He said, Journalists must question duty bearers on everything they do with the tax payers’ money. Adding that, journalists need to ask politicians the relevant questions in order for them to hive proper account on the tax payers’ monies.
Peter Kwofie, said this in an interview during the closing ceremony of the African Journalists for Economic Opportunities (AJEOT) 2018 workshop training which was organised by the Institute for Liberty and Policy Innovation (ILAPI) on June 24th, 2018, at the Summit Lodge in Koforidua, the Eastern Region of Ghana.
The two-day training workshop saw about twenty (20) Journalists drawn from across Africa, who were schooled through different topics.
The experienced resource persons includes Evans Badu Boampong, the Vice President of ILAPI, who took them through media censorship in Africa, Belinda Odek, the President of Young Africans For Opportunities YAFO, Kenya, Vincent De Camara from Switzerland, also took them through Geopolitics and Blogging for Africa’s economic freedom, Tom Palmer, USA handled Identifying Tools for Economic Journalism.
The rest were, Ebenezer Nii Tackie, Ghana, who schooled them through understanding the Liberal Framework within the Realms of Public Policy Formulation, Brian Baugus, USA handled Two Ideologies in one country, Bright Nkyi, Ghana, thought about Government Inflation and GDP – How real is it?, Abdul Rahman Sarpong, Ghana, also took them through Media Preneurship, Thomas Adedayo from Nigeria, the Introduction if Classical Liberalism, Dr. Steve Davis, IEA UK, How to use Basic Economics to Understand the World and Explain it, Evans Kissi, Ghana, took the Agricultural Disconnection between resource management and economic prosperity, Mr. Franklin Cudjoe on his part schooled them through Right Headline, Right Content and Identifying Policy Gaps, and to name a few.
Participants were also engaged in a group work competition. The four groups examined situations in Ghana that demonstrated a neglect for freedom in the areas of Transport, Security, Health and the Legal system, after which the group with the best presentation were awarded books and other souvenirs.
Some of the ILAPI’s partners include ATLAS NETWORK, FRASER INSTITUTE, NETWORK FOR FREE SOCIETY, OMINIRA TV, YAFO and many others.
Source: Sammy Adjei