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The credibility of broadcast journalist- turned politician, Mr. Paul Adom Otchere, continues to take a nosedive over the last few years with an equally plummeting rating for his Good Evening Ghana TV program. His TV program, which hitherto was critical and offered thought-provoking analysis, has now turned into a government propaganda machinery as he recently vowed never to criticize the president on his TV program; something he gleefully did with his darling president’s predecessor.
The latest to wield the corrective rod on the much-criticized journalist is the former Director General and Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Prof Stephen Adei Mensah.
Prof Adei, speaking on the recent attack of Mr. Paul Adom Otchere on the Paramount Chief and President of the Asogli Traditional area, Togbe Afede XIV over the venerable chief’s decision to return Ex-gratia paid to him by the state. The visibly baffled and angry Economist posed ” what is wrong with Adom-Otchere? Will he go and do that to all other people?” According to the chairperson of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), the TV show host “unfortunately has become political rather than journalistic”. He wondered if this was the same journalist the country has known all these years. According to the Professor who’s also the current Board chairman of the Ghana Revenue Authority, the former President of the National House of Chiefs should be commended for his gesture and not attacked and ridiculed as the journalist sought to do to him. ” Togbe congratulations, he’s one of my best loved people…he didn’t say he was not entitled to it; he says that he thinks for what he has done, he doesn’t need [that money]” the outspoken administrator said in the interview with TV3.
Mr. Paul Adom-Otchere has been appointed as the Board chairman of the Ghana Airport Company Limited from his previous position as a Board member of the National Communications Authority, with both appointments made by the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. Since his appointment, he has gained notoriety for coming after any civil society organization, journalist or any politician who criticizes the president and the government. He recently, rather bizarrely, described the construction of the much controversial and scandalous National Cathedral as what the country needs to develop. “What we need is the Cathedral to save Ghana, we need the cathedral to develop because Science, Technology and Economics won’t take us anywhere, it’s the cathedral that will bring us development” the journalist-turned politician shockingly told viewers of his Good Evening Ghana program.