The United States (US) Embassy presented GH¢10,000 towards the Best Journalist in Anti-Corruption Category, while World Vision, a non-governmental organisation, supported the Best Child Reporting Category with GH¢30,000.
The Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Limited (BOST), Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) and the Gaming Commission who were supporting the awards for the first time, presented GH¢100,000, GH¢10,000 and GH¢5,000 respectively.
Mr. Daniel Fennell, Counsellor of Public Affairs Section at the US Embassy, underscored the importance of the media to secure the country’s democracy saying “if people do not have accurate information, then they can’t make proper decisions on issues”.
He urged media practitioners to be responsible, while exercising their rights to freedom of expression adding that, “Ghana represents the future of free press in Africa”.
He assured that the embassy would continue to support the media to promote national development.
The Interim National Director of World Vision Ghana, Mr. David Purnell, observed that the country still had a long way to go in tackling child protection issues, and urged journalists to highlight challenges of children to ensure their protection.
He said such interventions would bring about the necessary change needed in the fight against child exploitation and advance effective policy formulation and implementation.
Representatives from BOST, SADA and the Gaming Commission lauded the media for supporting their businesses.
Receiving the donations, Mr. Affail Monney, the President of the GJA, expressed appreciation to the companies for the gesture, adding that, such support was significant to build capacity of members and ensure excellence.
“The greatest need of a journalist is capacity building and this will not be possible without your incessant support”, he added.
Mr. Monney disclosed that in the midst of political tensions due to the upcoming elections, this year’s GJA Awards would host the chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Mrs. Charlotte Osei to speak on the media’s role in ensuring peaceful elections.
By Abigail Annoh