McCoy calls for teamwork to improve broadcasting countrywide
– visits Region Nine radio stations
Guyanese can expect major changes in the daily production at Government radio stations countrywide over the next five years, according to Minister within the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Public Affairs, Kwame McCoy when he met radio broadcasters in Region Nine over the weekend. He met with broadcasters at Aishalton, Lethem and Paiwomak radio stations.
The Minister had a firsthand experience of the operations at several locations, while he listened to concerns raised by the staff. He said Government is ready to transform the communication sector.
Coming into Government, the Minister said the National Communications Network (NCN) was in a “run-down” state and the Government has plans to revamp the entity.
“Radio in these parts of the country is absolutely important. People depend on it for information and they rely on it heavily for other purposes. We got to pay more attention to the radio stations here, so that you will be able to have this means of communication, and the people can benefit a lot by knowing what is taking place.”
Further, McCoy stressed the need for professional personnel on board. This can be achieved through training, he explained.
Noting there is room for improvement, he commended the ongoing operations at the broadcasting outposts. “You have the will to do much more and there is indication that you want to do much more; you understand the objectives of having the radio stations and [meeting] the need of the community.”
Since taking office in August, the Public Affairs Minister has visited and assessed several State-owned communication entities and has commenced rearranging most for a better outcome.
A retreat for NCN’s regional managers is planned for next weekend to put together ideas and outline workable strategies for 2021.