GJA Awards receives support from 2 companies

Mr Asum-Kwarteng Ahensah,(second from right) presenting a cheque to Mrs Audrey Dekalu (third from left).Looking on is Dr Affail Monney(second from left).Photo Michael Ayeh

Mr Asum-Kwarteng Ahensah,(second from right) presenting a cheque to Mrs Audrey Dekalu (third from left).Looking on is Dr Affail Monney(second from left).Photo Michael Ayeh

Two companies, the Ghana Shippers Authority and Plan Ghana yesterday presented a total of GH¢20,000 to the Ghana Journalists Association in support of this year’s GJA awards.

The Ghana Shippers Authority presented GHȻ5,000, while Plan Ghana, a child centred non-governmental organisation donated GHȻ15,000 for the winner in the best child reporter category.

Receiving the cheques, Mr. Affail Money, the President of GJA while expressing gladness for the support said it was important that media practitioners learned the skills of investigative journalism adding that investigative journalism was key to the media watchdog role needed for good governance and development.

He indicated that the dynamics of the governance practice in the sub-region made case for the encouragement of strong investigative journalism.

Mr Monney encouraged journalists to be courageous in the line of duty so as to play “pivotal roles, in the development of the country”.

Mr. Asuma Kwateng Mensah, Acting Country Director of Plan Ghana, in his presentation, said the donation was for special focus on child rights to encourage journalists to pay much attention on issues of children.

He said child rights were human rights, which should be respected by all and sundry and commended journalists for playing pivotal roles in the nation’s socio-economic development.

The Public Relations Officer of Ghana Shippers Authority, Mr. Kojo Frimpong, for his part, said the donation was to strengthen the relationship between the two organisations and support GJA to better tell the story of trade facilitation, revenue mobilisation and domestic tax among others and educate the citizenry on the need for them to honour their tax obligations.

BY BENEDICTA GYIMAAH FOLLEY

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