General News of Monday, 21 January 2013
Source: Jeorge Wilson Kingson
By Jeorge Wilson Kingson
Members of the Parliamentary Press Corps- a group of journalists and media practitioners who report from Ghana’s legislature last week held their annual get-together and awards ceremony at Parliament House in Accra.
The occasion was graced by the first deputy Speaker of the House, Ebo Barton-Oduro, the administrator of the District Assemblies Common Fund, Kojo Fynn, and Directors of the various departments of Parliament among other top dignitaries.
The event which was also used to reward and recognize hard-working members of the corps was organized under the auspices of His Excellency President John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana.
Emmanuel Akorli of Peace fm in Accra was adjudged the overall winner for best parliamentary reporter in the newly instituted Parliamentary Press Corps Awards. Organizers say the awards will be annual hence forth.
Prince Joe Boadi a correspondent for Obuaba Fm, Kyzz fm, and Angel fm won the most hardworking personality award, Stephen Odoi-Larbi of the Chronicle newspaper was awarded for being the most disciplined member of the group while Nana Kwesi Agyemang Bringkorang came tops as the most punctual and regular member.
Other award winners include Kwaku Sakyi-Danso of Choice fm and Akua Boakyewaa Yiadom of Hot fm as the best dressed gentlemen and best dressed lady respectively.
Dean of the Corps, Andrew Edwin Arthur, urged members to always let the ethics of the profession guide them as they go about carrying out their responsibilities, bearing in mind the fact that the role of the Parliamentary Press Corps is very important to the sustainability and growth of Ghana’s democracy.
He announced that in the coming years, the group would venture into mechanized agriculture; haven secured a vas acre of land in the Afram plains in the Eastern Region, courtesy of the Akuapem North DCE, Issaka Ibrahim, who himself was once an active member of the group.
The guest of honor for the occasion, Hon. Ebo Barton Oduro, who represented the Speaker of Parliament-Rt Hon. Edward Doe-Adjaho, was grateful to the parliamentary press corps for positively projecting the image of Ghana’s democracy through the eyes of parliament. He said the leadership of the House is working out a motivation package for journalists who report from the House and assured that very soon their welfare would be taken care of.