TV 3 JOY NEWS EXPOSURE: TETTEH QUARSHIE COCOA FARM

Posted on April 3, 2014

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In follow-up to yesterday’s post Ghana Ministry of Tourism pushes for Increased Domestic Tourism, a few additions on what I believe is TV3’s conscious mocking of the Ministry of Tourism’s domestic tourism campaign with partners The Daily Graphic and public sector competitor The Ghana Broadcasting Corporation. Bet you think I’m naive coming up with this..but I’ve got other reasons to think this…

1. In the same April 1st news item, this cartoon appeared in the report. It’s not a recent cartoon…it was dug up from the files.

salary cartoon

Needless to say, the cartoonist could have included along side FUEL, BREAD and MEAT…two other major growing brothers/sisters plaguing tiny salary ELECTRICITY AND WATER! Needless to say, it is fatuous to think that there would be any salary left for domestic tourism!

2. But my big reason for thinking TV 3 is making a statement is the very night before, on March 31, their nightly EXCLUSIVE program, just before the evening news, was devoted to the tourist attraction Tetteh Quarshie Cocoa Farm along with the Jubilee Cocoa Farm located at Akwapim Mampong 60 km from Koforidua, the capital of the eastern region.
Tetteh Quarshie
Actually, the EXCLUSIVE program should be renamed EXPOSURE because every night it seems the program tears apart some government agency, institution, department, its failings in general that adversely affect people’s lives.

Really, it’s Ghana’s disaster reality TV! And this program did not fail to disappoint….

It was sad from beginning to end! From the state of the farms, particularly the buildings, a museum/reception centre which is in a state of total disrepair and rot as well a conference centre in a state of incompletion after four years.

Even sadder was the pass-the-buck trail the reporter followed to get some answers…from Head Office of the Ghana Tourism Authority in Accra, to the regional office of the Ghana Tourism Authority in Koforidua, to the District Assembly office in Koforidua, then back to Accra. Full circle in typical Ghana style…a proverbial wild goose chase that government officials are so good at sending people on….

So, coming full circle ourselves, what would you really suspect is behind government’s domestic tourism campaign?

AYIKOO TO GHANA’S TV3 JOY NEWS EXCLUSIVE PROGRAM ON A WONDERFUL TIMELY DOCUMENTARY!

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