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Ayariga goofs again
From: Citi FM          Published On: March 15, 2013, 10:52 GMT
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Ayariga goofs again

Mahama Ayariga

Information and Media Relations Minister, Mahama Ayariga has admitted to erring, regarding an interview he granted over the supposed change of name for the seat of government, the Flagstaff House.

He therefore takes full responsibility for the blunder.

Mr. Ayariga said in an interview on Peace FM Tuesday, that he had received communication from the presidency concerning the change of name from Flagstaff House to Jubilee Flagstaff House.

According to him: “The two names have been put together and I think it is time we make progress and we focus on what is happening in Jubilee Flagstaff House and not the name”.

But speaking on Citi FM Friday, Mr. Ayariga said though he acknowledges there were flaws in communication from government regarding the name, the official name is Flagstaff House.

"I am responsible for every government communication and have the ultimate say in whatever it is government seeks to communicate. Sometimes there are some mistakes in the way we carry out our respective assignments. Sometimes you have serious challenges trying to manage the situation. This is one such instance where there was a little misunderstanding when it came to the proper naming of the seat of government.

"My friends and colleagues at the presidency understood things in a certain way and it turned out that our appreciation of the situation was not exactly what happened, so let me place on record that the official name is the Flagstaff house.

There have been lapses in terms of the proper naming. I’m not in the position to assign blame; being ultimately responsible for all government communication, the buck stops with me," Mr. Ayariga noted.

Mahama Ayariga maintained: "This shows that when there is a mistake in government communication, someone will own up and take responsibility and make sure that the right information is put out there. We are going to get a system where ultimately, we will always get the right information and matters won’t be left hanging in a state of controversy and we won’t know who to hold responsible. I am saying hold me, Mahama Ayariga, responsible anytime there is a problem with government communication.

I am not saying I won’t ever make mistakes but that I will also take responsibility for other people’s mistakes and make sure I correct it and put it out there. I will continue to work with my colleagues because you can’t work if you cannot rely on your colleagues. Not everybody in the system is infallible. The key thing is for us to have confidence, honesty and sincerity to come out and say yes there was miscommunication but now these are the facts."

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