Government granted space in New Era for feedback

WINDHOEK: The New Era Newspaper has granted publication space to be used by Government for feedback and responses to the public on matters raised through the media.

New Era falls under the New Era Publication Corporation (NEPC), which is wholly owned by Government.

Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Tjekero Tweya announced this in Parliament on Thursday, saying: “A section for Government feedback and responses will appear in the New Era every Tuesday and I am proud to announce that the first edition was published this past Tuesday on 28 April”.

Tweya explained that his ministry has noticed that some Government programmes and projects are not known to the public, as they are not well publicized.

The minister also noted that a number of questions and complaints from the public directed to the different ministries on Government services appear in the local media and require prompt response.

These prompt responses, he said, are important to provide the public with timeous and factual information, and correct negative perceptions that might have been created about Government to avoid confusion on various issues.

“Government will, therefore, through this platform ensure that correct and factual information is timeously provided to the public through the New Era newspaper on a weekly basis,” he stated.

Tweya urged the public to make time to read the feedback and responses every Tuesday for them to be informed and to avoid being misled.

He on the same day informed journalists at a media briefing on Cabinet’s decision-making meeting, that his ministry has a media monitoring unit, which on a daily basis tracks complaints and concerns raised by the public.

This, the minister said, is also done to check if there are still certain ministries that do not respond to concerns in order for Government to take appropriate and corrective measures.