The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) on Friday took receipt of cash donations and other packages from five different companies towards the organisation of this year’s awards.
The donors included telecom giant Vodafone Ghana Limited, which presented GH¢10,000 and Wilmar Africa Limited, producers of Frytol oil, parting with GH¢12,000 to support the event.
Others were Ghana Chamber of Mines, GH¢8,000, Voltic Ghana Limited, GH¢10,000 and packs of Voltic mineral water valued at GH¢2,000 as well as the 2015 Annual Report and undisclosed packages from the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI).
Speaking to newsmen, Ebenezer Amankwah, Corporate Communications Manager, of Vodafone said the company recognises the importance of the media in national development adding that there was the need to motivate those who excelled in the field to continue practising with utmost commitment and professionalism.
Highlighting the media’s role in protecting the environment against pollution, Mr. Sulemanu Koney, Chief Executive Officer, Ghana Chamber of Mines said the media has been extremely supportive in fighting the challenges facing the mining industry and urged journalists to continue shedding light on the dangers associated with environmental pollution.
Representatives from the other companies underscored the integral role the Ghanaian media was playing in promoting businesses and creating the enabling environment to support its growth adding that the sponsorship was to encourage them to continue to put out their best.
Accepting the presentations, GJA President, Mr. Affail Monney expressed gratitude to the corporate bodies for demonstrating their appreciation to the role the media was playing in the national development agenda.
He reiterated the need for media personnel to be supported to ensure professionalism and balanced reportage especially during the electioneering period stressing that “every support for the media is support for Ghana’s democracy”.
Mr. Monney pledged the commitment of the association to ensure its members conform to journalistic standards, ensuring the country continues to be in peace before, during and after the December polls.
By Claude Nyarko Adams and Lisanne Dornoff