Media Foundation, UN affiliates honour journalists

Prof Kwame KarikariThe Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) in partnership with the United Nation’s affiliates in Ghana yesterday held a special awards ceremony on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) reporting in Ghana.

The event sought to reward Ghanaian journalists who produced and published stories that mainstreamed the SDGs in development reporting.

The ceremony which brought together representatives from the U. N. System, The Civil Society Platform on SDGs and the media, saw Abdul Hameed Amponsah from Radio Peace Winneba emerging the Overall winner, Umaru Sanda Amadu from Citi FM in Accra, the first runner up and Nina Abena Antwi-Kusi from TV3 Network taking the second runner-up position.

They received certificates, cash prizes and plaques for their hardwork and good presentations.

Professor Kwame Karikari, a board member of MFWF, said it was quite pleasing to see audio-visual media platforms deviate from the usual politicking to focus on development agendas.

He said the initiative should pose a challenge to all media houses to begin to concentrate on development agenda, especially, the SDGs, which were an embodiment of development-oriented programmes.

Prof. Karikari urged journalists to pay attention to the 17 goals of the

SDGs since, the goals were part of the global development programme, which had come to replace the Millennium Development Goals for the next 15 years.

He said the SDGs should become a yardstick to measure the development agenda of any government, whiles political parties in opposition could also use the goals to judge the performance of an incumbent government.

Mr. Affail Monnie, president of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), commended the MFWA and the U.N. affiliates for complementing efforts of GJA, by instituting such award scheme.

Mr. Bossman Owusu, who represented the U.N. affiliates, sponsors of the event, was full of appreciation for the turn of events, and gave the assurance that the awards would be institutionalised to become an annual event.

Mr. Suleimana Braimah, Executive Director of the MFWA, said the foundation was putting in place l measures to build the capacity of media practitioners to excel in their profession.

These he said included giving funding to media institutions and supporting projects aimed at building the capacity of journalists.

 

By Lawrence Markwei               

 

 

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