Three Institutions donate towards GJA Awards

By Joyce
Danso, GNA

Accra Oct. 18, GNA – Three Institutions have
presented cheques totalling GHC 50,000 to the Ghana Journalists Association
(GJA) in support of the 23rd GJA Awards Programme, slated for October 27, this

Komos Energy, a premier International oil
company, working in Ghana presented GHC 20,000, while Stanbic Bank, Ghana, and
Okurifi Communications Consult and Studio 502, a communication firm, presented
GH¢15,000 cedis each.

Speaking at the ceremony, Mr Affail Monney,
the President of the GJA lauded the role the various institutions had played in
support of the GJA Awards over the years, saying they had never turned their
backs on the Association, unlike other companies.

Mr Monney said Ghana had been touted as the
beacon of Africa because of the immense role played by the media and how the
work of some gems in the media had been recognised.

This year’s ceremony, he said, would offer
some prominent persons the platform to share their views on Investigative

“These eminent personalities would also throw
light on the boundaries of the media so that the media do not offend the law,”
he explained

The GJA President noted that after the latest
Anas expose’ the media had received a lot of backlash, saying the Association
would, therefore, like to throw more light on the parameters set out for
Investigative Journalism.

Mr George Sarpong, the Director of Corporate
Affairs, Kosmos Energy, said his organisation felt honoured to be part of GJA’s
activities over the years and pledged their commitment to sustain their

Mr Sarpong said it was laudable that the media
educated citizens on the activities in the oil sector.

He said Kosmos Energy, as part of it roles,
had set up a Kosmos Innovation Centre to train and develop the potentials of
young men and women to make them resourceful for nation building.

Mr Amos William Abaidoo, the Manager of
Digital Marketing, Stanbic Bank Ghana, urged the GJA to continue with the good

Ms Araba Brown, Project Coordinator of Okurufi
Communications Consult and Studio 502, also commended the media for its role in
the recent Egg Campaign.

According to her, before the Egg Campaign the
public held on to so many misperceptions on the consumption of eggs, but with
the role of the media those perceptions had been demystified after the
behavioural change campaign.

Ms Brown said the amount donated formed part
of the Ghana National Association of Poultry Farmers and the Ministry of Food
and Agriculture’s package for the Best Reporter in Poultry Farming.

Ms Mary Mensah, the Public Affairs Officer of
the GJA and Mrs Audrey Dekalu, the Treasurer, took turns to receive the various

Ms Mensah expressed her gratitude to the three
institutions for their generosity and efforts to promote professionalism in the


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