GJA receives donations from four corporate institutions
8/8/2012 1:01:08 AM -
Accra, Aug 07, GNA - Mr Ransford Tetteh, President of Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), has challenged journalists to report on issues in politics that touched the lives of the ordinary people and pertinent to national development.
He said 'as journalists we have to challenge policy makers with issues that confront the ordinary Ghanaian in our daily reportage in order for them to identify ways of tackling those issues'.
Mr Tetteh made the challenge when four corporate institutions donated towards the 17th GJA Awards on Saturday, August 25.
They were Tullow Oil Ghana Limited, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Revenue Watch Institute, and Unique Trust Bank.
Mr Gayheart Edem Mensah, Corporate Affairs and Investment Promotion Manager, Tullow Ghana Limited presented a cheque for GH¢5,000 for the Best Lay Out and Design Newspaper, and a cheque for 20,000 dollars towards training programme for editors in the country.
He said the donation was not only to support the media but to ensure that the media lived to its expectation.
Mr Mensah said the media played a critical role in all aspects of human life, therefore, it was important to support them to continue to play their role towards national development.
Dr Bashir Jama, Director Soil Health Programme, AGRA, presenting a cheque for GH¢6,000 for the Best Reporter on Agriculture, said AGRA was responsible for creating an enabling environment for smallholder farmers and it was important for the media to bring out the basic issues affecting such farmers.
He assured the GJA that they would continue to support such initiatives for the plight of the smallholder farmers to be identified and address their problems by policy makers and private investors.
Revenue Watch Institute presented a cheque for GH¢3,500 for the Best Reporter in Oil and Gas, while Unique Trust Bank presented a cheque for GH¢3,500 for the Best Columnist.