GJA honours outstanding journalists


President Mahama in a group photograph with the award winners

President Mahama in a group photograph with the award winners

Mr.SETH Kwame Boateng of the Multimedia group company (Joy FM) was adjudged the Prof. P A V Ansah journalist of the year at the 20th edition of the Ghana Journalists Association (GA) awards night held at the State House, Accra on Saturday.

He also won in three other categories: narcotics, radio and television features.

Other winners are Alberto Mario Noretti, The Ghanaian Times correspondent in the Volta Region, who got the Best Rural Reporter Award, (print), Kafui Kanyi, the Ghana News Agency correspondent, (Ho), won the award for Rural Reporter (Child Labour); Rebecca Awuah, of GBC 24, Best in Arts and Tourism; while Best in Court and Crime reporter, went to Elvis Darko of The Finder, with Mabel Aku Banneseh of Daily Graphic the immediate past Journalist of the Year, winning in the Anti-Corruption category.

The awards for Education, Electronic Media and Digital journalism category, went to Wendy Laryea of TV3, Environmental Reporting went to Daniel Nanor of the Chronicle, Investigative Reporting, Kwettey Nartey of the Multimedia group company , features print, went to Jamila Akweley Oketchiri, of Daily Guide, with the awards in the Small and Medium Enterprise going to Zadok Gyesi of the Daily Graphic.

Mr. Samuel Adadi Akapule of the Ghana News Agency won the Millennium Development Goal category, Narcotics to Kwartey Nartey, Sanitation awards, went to Della Russell Ocloo, of the Daily Graphic, Photography, went to David Andoh of the Multimedia group company (Joy online), Science and Agriculture awards went to Gabriel Ahiagbor, of the Daily Graphic, Poverty Reduction and Human Rights awards, went to Joseph Opku-Gakpo, Multimedia Group Company (Joy Fm), with Abdul Hayi Moomen, GTV, winning the Human Right awards category, television.

Doreen Aandoh of the Daily Graphic was adjudged the Best in the Education category, (Print), Best in news category-Print, went to Samuel Kyei Boateng of Daily Graphic, Disability Category, going to Ayele Ayitey of TV Africa, best in Ga Programme on radio-went to Nii Adjei Klu, of Obonu FM, Health category, went to Nana Konadu Agyemang of Daily Graphic, Oil and Gas, Moses Aklorbotu, of Daily Graphic, Economic and Finance, went to Felix Dela Klutse, Sports awards went to Bennedict Owusu, of Multimedia group (Joy FM), Local Government award went to Rebecca Ekpe of GBC Radio with the Komla Dumor Most Promising Journalist of the year going to Seth Bokpe of Daily Graphic.

In a remark, Mr. Boateng was grateful to God for how far he brought him starting as a front desk person to becoming the journalist of the year.

He expressed gratitude to the management of the Multimedia group, his mother and siblings, his alma mata and the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Centre, where he is currently pursuing his Master of Arts Degree.

Speaking on the theme ‘Ghana in search of reliable energy to power development; The role of the media’, the Principal at the Africa Power System Management, Mr. Kweku Andoh Awotwi, urged journalists to specialize in energy reporting as was being done in the other sectors.

He said the energy situation facing the country needed to be addressed holistically, saying as journalists, they needed to communicate well to the understanding of the masses of what the real challenges confronting the sector were.

Mr. Awotwi who was the Guest of Honour, expressed concern about the many conflicting reports in the media about reasons for the energy situation.

The former Chief Executive Officer of the Volta River Authority, expressed concern about the country not being able to power the nation after 58 years of independence, after the huge expenditure to address the challenge.

He touched on a number of investments power generation but unfortunately some were not producing a single mega watt. Vis-à-vis low electricity tariffs approved by the Public Utility Regulatory Commission, rampant corruption, inadequate generators and government interference among others.

On the privatisation of the Electricity Company of Ghana, Mr, Awotwi wondered if that would solve the country’s energy situation making reference to privatisation of Ghana Post and Telecommunications and other state institutions with the view of transforming the sectors but to no avail.

The President of GJA, Mr. Roland Affail Monney, said such ceremonies were meant to honour journalists who had distinguished themselves over the years.

He said journalists go through tick and thin to get their stories, with some exposing corruption and other dangerous stories but all in all, they had performed satisfactorily and deserved commendation.

The ceremony, he said marked exactly 66 years of the establishment of the association and commended the past GJA presidents and executives for their commitment which had sustained the association to date.

Despite the good efforts, he said, the association was saddled with challenges including ethical challenge, saying with the help of Fredrich Ebert Foundation, the association would train members at the regional level ahead of the general elections next year.

The Chief Executive Officer of Ideal Finance, lead sponsors of the programme, Mr. Kotei Dzani, said his outfit was prepared to train 20 journalists in the area of financial reporting.

He expressed concern about the cost of doing business in the midst of the current energy situation and appealed to the players in the sector to help find solution to the situation.

The Chairman of the National Peace Council, Rt. Rev. Prof, Emanuel Asante, who chaired the function, commended journalists for their astuteness in reporting and exposing stories which would have remained unheard of, saying their role, cannot be overemphasised.

By Francis Asamoah Tuffour  

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