Development journalism indeed provides get result. The New Independent
can report that, following a report as done by Spynewsagency.com on
negative activities on the campuses of some Health Training
Institutions in the country, drastic changes have been made on the
campuses of Tema based Nyaniba Health College- One of the leading
Health Training Institutions in Ghana.
A follow-up visit made to that institution by Spynews’ Team according
a report on their website, the team was met with cheers and smiles
from students and administrative staff.
The report stated that, the team was happy that their earlier report,
has led to improvements upon state of facilities in that institution.
It would be recalled thatspynewsagency.com undertook an investigation
into affairs of
Nyaniba Health College where that media entity revealed that, students
were allegedly being shortchanged and exploited by school authorities
amidst rights being abused.
That particular investigative piece mentioned of some inadequacies in
the school’s infrastructure as well as inconsistencies in standard
teaching and learning.
Subsequent visit to the school by that media team however revealed a
drastic face-lift in its infrastructure and others.
Authorities were around to interact with the team and as well as to
make inputs into some aspects of the story they suggested as having
factual errors while offering detailed explanations on others
They team was officially taken round the facility, including some
restricted portions of that campus where it came out that some actions
were indeed taken to give the place a facelift post by that media
house has revealed.
Changes The Team Saw
Spynews’ team noticed change in the environment and an improvement
upon the water system on the campus. The team as well met with some
renovation works being carried out on some of the buildings on the
campus we studied on their wall.
‘There is indeed, drastic improvement upon general hygienic conditions
in the school. Additional lavatories have been provided in addition
to what already existed in the school. Over-crowded hostels have also
been decongested in a way’ the news portal reported.
‘Spynews’ interacted with students and had some fruitful responses.
Some of the students told the team of their excitement over change of
events on their campus’ they stated.
‘Ventilation in the lecture rooms have been improved
tremendously-dirty curtains have been removed and replaced with neat
ones. All furnishings blocking airspace and ventilation in the
classrooms had been removed’ reports added.
The school library is also looking different with some works still
being done on it and as well, new books have provided while a new
computer laboratory with fresh computers and an internet cafe can also
be seen as additional infrastructure that will inure to the benefit of
The team revealed on their site
Sanitation situation has been improved upon which means that, students
will no longer have to walk long distances in search of water they
According to spynewsagency .com, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of
Nyaniba Health College, Rev. Nana Ohene Fianko, told the Spynews’ team
that, “the institution has been awoken by your reportage and we are
doing all we can to put corrective measures in place.
You can see for yourself the kind of work that is going on here’ it
‘I can guarantee you that you are not going to have cause to conduct
any investigations about us again going forward because we are not
leaving any stone unturned this time,” the school’s Director is
reported to have stated.
According to the report, the team during its visit was however not
happy about state of the only water reservoir since it has been
leaking for a very long time.
Meanwhile, authorities of the school The New Independent has learnt in
the end assured of some corrective measures to be put in place to
arrest that situation.
In his own words Rev. Fianko said, “This is being dealt with as we
speak. I have just approved budget to take care of that’’ he said
Indeed, the ultimate aim of development journalism is to champion
positive change to impact society, and spynews agency must be
commended for that positive action.
Source:www.spynewsagency with additional files from:
Kofi Adzivor/The New Independent