The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) yesterday conferred an honourary membership on the District Chief Executive of Dormaa East, Emmanuel Kofi Agyeman, at Wamfie in the Bono Region.
This is in recognition of Mr Agyeman’s contribution towards the promotion of media freedom and also being a “veritable friend of journalists in the three regions; Bono, Bono East and Ahafo.”
Mr Agyeman becomes the first citizen of the region to receive that award since the establishment of the GJA in 1949.
He joins a select few of distinguished individuals, including the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Dr George AkuffoDampare to wear this prestigious tag.
The citation which was conferred on him read: “Ghana prides herself on a media system that values freedom, independence and responsibility. This system remains a reference point and standard measure in Africa.”
“This has not happened by chance but through the collective effort of citizenry inspired by the provisions of the constitution that have been promoted and defended through the tenacious commitment and invaluable support by the public and notably, individuals like you. Indeed, you stand out as champion of media freedom and a veritable friend of journalists in Bono, Bono East and Ahaforegions.
“In appreciation GJA confers on you a honourary Membership.”
Mr Roland AffailMonney, president of GJA, in a speech said MrAgyeman had been on the association’s radar since he assumed office as a representative of the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in the district, and that “his words and deeds have not escaped our microscopic scrutiny. And the verdict, in a familiar parlance is so far so very good.”
Mr Monney said Mr Agyeman’s leadership qualities in his political mission with singularity of purpose to accelerate the development of the district have endeared him to many including the GJA.
“Unlike many public office holders, Mr Agyeman cannot be faulted by any trace of arrogance of power and impudence of office. Rather, he can justifiably be lauded for his infectious humility and contagious affinity for the people he serves,” he stated.
The GJA President commended the DCE for his impeccable relationship with the media and urged him not to relent on his oars, but continue to build on that so as to serve as example for others to emulate.
Mr Agyeman who was grateful and humble for the honour done him by the GJA, dedicated the award to the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, for giving him the platform to serve in his government which has enabled him to be recognised.
He expressed his profound gratitude to all, especially the media, his wife and family, workers at the Dormaa East District Assembly for their various contributions which have ensured that the district was being recognised.
Mr Agyeman pledged to work hard and promote the development agenda of the government and the people in the area
FROM DANIEL DZIRASAH, WAMFIE