GII Schools Journalists On Digitization and Voluntary Tax Compliance
The Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) has charged Journalists in Kumasi to educate women who are into Micro,small and medium enterprises on the important of registering a business to help them accessing loan without any hindrance.
In an interview with Mrs Mary Awelana Addah who is the programmes manager for Ghana Integrity Initiative, business entities will have a field’s day dabbling in corrupt and unethical business practices if the media remains unconcerned about their operations.
She made these observations at a day’s training on Digitization and Voluntary Tax Compliance in Kumasi.
Topical among the issues highlighted at the days training included promoting voluntary compliance among women in business through sensitization of the Digitization of tax processes, promoting business integrity,the role of the media, the role of ALAC in fighting corruption in Ghana.
Journalists were schooled in witness protection,, how to deal with and protect women in Ghana business, the whistle blowers act and techniques for identifying areas to tackle.
Senior Editor with the Multimedia Group Kofi Adu Dumfeh who facilitated training charged journalists to go beyond the usual; to begin probing critical issues robbing the country of huge amount of money.
“One of the things we need to look out for is being inquisitive. Begin to ask questions whether the businesses operating in that area is protecting the environment, polluting the environment or going by the ethics of good business integrity.
That is where we will have that skill of questioning which is the heart of investigation,” he instructed.
Journalists present, however shared difficulties in successfully carrying out investigative probes in the country.
Isaac Asiedu also known in the media landscape as”Akwadaa Nyame of Silver Fm share how difficult it took him to investigate an issue concerning the selling of Covid -19 foods at Old Tafo Municipal Assembly meant for vulnerable groups in the area.
He recounted “For one month I kept going there to know why foods meant for poor people is been sold and some of the staffs in the Assembly kept on denying me from seeing the authorities in the Assembly after the MCE refuse to answer my calls.
Its however comes as a big relief when for the public to know,”.
Source: Akwadaa Nyame(SilverFM)/filasconews