Sep 20, 2012 at 11:05am
20th September, 2012
The Daily Graphic urges the public not to read mischief into a recent publication by the paper last Friday that about 276 pupils of the Weija Cluster of Schools have become dropouts as a result of a foot bridge over the Weija Lake which serves as the shortcut to their schools.
The paper particularly sees as unfortunate some Radio Stations which have joined a section of the public to question the credibility of that story.
The Graphic says as a media organisation, and for that matter a leading newspaper in the country, it has the mandate to provide information on development in the society with the view to keeping government and other stakeholder abreast of issues.
The paper says the story is not intended to discredit the government but bring such ills in the society to the attention of policy makers so that necessary interventions are made.
It however commends government for providing buses to convey the school children to and from school to save them from further risks.
The Graphic reiterates its commitment to the truth at all times in the discharge of its duties and says it will not hesitate to give praise where praise is due and also be critical of actions of the government and other public office holders when there is a breach of the laws or the shirking of responsibility.
The Ghanaian Times condemns careless driving on the country's highway which has caused accidents and deaths particularly on the Accra-Cape Coast and Accra Kumasi roads.
It suggests that the Inspector General of Police should as a matter of urgency, deploy police personnel on the highways to monitor recalcitrant drivers and deal drastically with them for flouting road traffic regulations.
The Times notes that it is important to remind motorists, especially commercial drivers, that speeding to reach their destinations early, will not make them good drivers rather, such attitudes put the lives of their passengers in grave danger.