President Nana Akufo-Addo has rendered an unqualified apology to the media fraternity for his failure to fulfil his promise of meeting them twice this year.
Speaking at the media encounter at the Jubilee House on Friday, he attributed the inability to meet them earlier to what he says is his tight schedule for the year.
For this reason, he said the current ongoing session will be extended to compensate the media.
“It is something that is always awkward to do. I have to begin with an apology. Last year, I did make a commitment to meet with you at least twice a year but the pressure of events and my own movement have made it very difficult for me to do so. So I need to apologize to you and to say that, as a result, we are going to have an extended version today. It is a way of our modest compensation for the fact that I have not been able to meet you twice this year,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo at his first media encounter in July 2017 said:
“Eleven days ago, 7th July, was exactly six months since I swore the oath of office as the 5th President of the 4th Republic. Needless to say, it has been an eventful six months. But, apart from one or two brief encounters, I have not had a sustained, direct engagement with the media. I believe that, symbolically, this is a good time to do so. Hence my invitation for this occasion. It will enable me to share some of my thoughts on what has gone on, and allow you, members of the media, to express your concerns and questions, if any, for my response. It is my intention to have such encounters twice a year.”