By Abdulai Haruna, GNA
Accra, Oct. 12, GNA – The Consolidated Bank
Ghana Limited (CBG) and Newmont GoldCorp Ghana has donated an amount of GH¢ 25,
000.00 and GH¢ 20, 000.00 respectively to the Ghana Journalists Association
The donations were to support the GJA in
celebrating its 70th anniversary and its 24th awards to award journalists who
have distinguished themselves and helped improve development and Democracy in
Mr. John K. M. Zigah, The General Manager,
Global Market for CBG who presented the CBG donation to GJA said his outfit was
ready to support the Association in improving journalism practice for a strong
He said the media was an important
institution in Ghana’s democracy, adding, “For the media to thrive, there
is the need for freedom of expression, which we in CBG is one of our cardinal
Mr Zigah noted that freedom was very
essential in bringing people together in the country and said the theme for the
70 years celebration “Freedom, Democracy and Independence of the media in
Ghana” was appropriate.
Mr. Affail Monney the President of GJA in
receiving the donation from CBG encouraged journalists to specialise in certain
areas of the economy.
He said specialisation would help improve
the quality of information the journalist would produce for the general public.
He said there was the need for journalists
to sharpen their focus in the area of banking and finance.
He called on media organisations and
journalists to put more emphasis on finance and economic reporting.
The Association he said would collaborate
with CBG to improve journalism practice in the country.
Mr. Agbeko Azumah, Director of Communication
and External Relations of the Newmont GoldCorp Ghana presenting his donation
said the purpose of the GJA awards was in line with the company’s objective of
supporting media development in the country.
He said they had supported the Association’s
awards for the past 10 years, adding, “prior to this, we have supported
two regional versions of the GJA awards in the Eastern and Brong Ahafo
Mr. Agbeko said it was part of the company’s
sustainability value of ensuring high environmental stewardship.
He said they believed that supporting the
media, Ghana would be well developed and pledged their continuous.
Mrs. Linda Asante-Agyei Vice President of
GJA who received the dummy cheque on behalf of the Association thanked the
Newmont for their continuous support said the media would continue to intensify
their reportage on illegal mining, which was destroying the environment.
She said the Association would continue to
strengthen good relationship with Newmont and requested Newmont to support the
Association train the media on mining issues to sustain the reportage.