Accra, Sept. 5, GNA – Plan International
Ghana, a child centred non-governmental organisation and the Ghana Shippers
Authority (GSA) on Wednesday donated various sums of money, totalling
GH¢20,000.00 towards the 23rd Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) Awards.
Mr Kojo Frimpong, the Public Relations Officer
of the GSA, presented a cheque for GH¢5,000.00 to Mr Roland Affail Monney, the
GJA President, for the Best Reporter in the Maritime Category.
Mr Ahensah Asum-Kwarteng, Acting Country
Director, Plan International Ghana also presented a cheque for GH¢15,000.00 to
Mrs Audrey Francesca Dekalu, GJA Treasurer, for the Best Child Right Reporter
Mr Monney on behalf of the Association
expressed gratitude to the two organisations for their kind gesture.
He noted that this year’s awards would be
unprecedented as far as the history of the event was concerned.
He said the best profession in the world was
not priesthood, medicine or engineering; stating that according to Gabriel
García Márquez the best profession in the world was journalism.
“So if journalism is the best profession in
the world, it is time to reason that journalists are given the best of support,
the best pay packages and the best conditions to work.”
He noted that on the contrary, the conditions
under which journalists worked were poor, to say the very least.
Mr Monney noted that there would be confusion
in the country if journalists decided to have a total news blackout.
He said the award ceremony, which is slated for
October 27, will honour journalists who have distinguished themselves in their
line of duty in the year 2017.
He said the packages for the awardees would
reflect their contributions towards national development.
Mr Sum-Kwarteng said Plan International had
been working in Ghana to support children, particularly the most marginalised
to exercise their rights.
He said there were lots of issues affecting
children (especially the girl child), which the media could help expose to the
public for redress; stating that the media must also begin to highlight
positive development concerning children.
He urged the media to champion the course of
the voiceless, the poor and the marginalised in society.
Mr Frimpong said over the years, the GSA had
been organising training workshops for media professionals on the maritime
industry; however, this year, Management decided to be part of the GJA Awards
“We believe that hard work needs to be
rewarded and if journalists have done well, they need to be rewarded.”