2 institutions donate towards 24th GJA awards

Ms. Mary Mensah(right) receiving the dummy cheque from Mr. Micheal Klugey(middle),With them are  GJA Executives.Photo;Mercy Amparbeng.

Ms. Mary Mensah(right) receiving the dummy cheque from Mr. Micheal Klugey(middle),With them are GJA Executives.Photo;Mercy Amparbeng.

The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has received a cheque for GH¢130,000.00 from two corporate bodies towards the 24th GJA awards scheduled for October 27, this year.

The organisations are Ashfoam Ghana Limited Ghana and Royal Cosu Hills who presented  GH¢30,000.00 and GH¢ 100,000.00 respectively.

The President of GJA, Mr Affail Monney, who received both cheques at a short ceremony held at the Ghana International Press Centre expressed gratitude to management of both institutions for their continuous support awards programme.

He noted that this year’s awards would be unprecedented as far as the history of the event was concerned.

Mr Monney said the best profession in the world was not priesthood, medicine or engineering; stating that according to Gabriel García Márquez the best profession in the world was journalism.

“So if journalism is the best profession in the world, it is time to reason that journalists are given the best of support, the best pay packages and the best conditions to work,” he stated.

The GJA president  noted that on the contrary, the conditions under which journalists worked were poor, to say the very least.

Mr Monney noted that there would be confusion in the country if journalists decided to have a total news blackout.

He said the award ceremony, which was slated for October 27, would honour journalists who have distinguished themselves in their line of duty in the year 2017.

Mr Monney said the packages for the awardees would reflect their contributions towards national development.

Mr Michael Klugey, Project Manager of Royal Cosu Hills who presented the cheque on behalf of the management said of the hospitality industry said his outfit attached  importance to the work of the media and offered financial support as a way of deepening democracy and good governance.

According to Mr. Klugey, the media played a key role in disseminating information for the benefit of industry and the public hence the need for the kind gesture.

He added that the firm was committed to ensuring that journalists who excelled in their work were duly recognised to encourage them to do more.

Nana yaw Ampem Darko, marketing communication manager of Ashfoam, said the sponsorship formed part of the company’s efforts to assist the association to encourage journalists to work harder.

He said more was needed to be done to motivate reporters to place development at the centre of their reporting.

He, therefore, stated that the company would continue to support the association’s awards ceremony to enhance professional standards and development.

By BENEDICTA GYIMAAH FOLLEY

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