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16.02.2007 General News

MPs Propose Scholarship For Ennin's Children

By Salifu Abdul-Rahaman

Members of Parliament are considering the establishment of a scholarship fund to support the children of the late Ashanti Regional branch chairman of the Ghana Journalists Association, Samuel Ennin.

The idea was proposed by Dr Anthony Osei Akoto, who has offered a c10 million reward for information leading to the arrest of the killer.

Reward money being offered for such information now stands at ¢40 million, including ¢10 million from the Ghana Journalists Association and the Ghana Police Service, ¢20 million.

The late Enin was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Kumasi on Friday, February 9.

The MPs brought up the issue yesterday when contributing to an urgent statement by Andrew Kingsford Mensah (NPP – Abura Asebu-Kwamankese) on the murder of the journalist.

Mr. Mensah said if it is true that the murder had political undertone, as being alleged in some quarters, then it was rather unfortunate and an affront to Ghana’s democracy.

He said it is a common knowledge the world over that democracy thrived well on a vibrant media.

He noted that in the face of such dastardly act it was tempting for the faint-hearted to recoil into their shells saying, 'that will inflict a mortal wound on democracy and will make evil triumph over good.

'I urge journalists in the country not to be intimidated. Indeed, Mr. Speaker, I urge them to continue to discharge their duties truthfully without fear so as to put democracy at its proper level in the society,' he added.

Mr. Mensah appealed to the House to urge the security forces to institute stringent measures to check the recurrence of such atrocities.

Emmanuel Owusu-Ansah (NPP-Kwabre West) and Ashanti Regional Minister, expressed shock over the death of Enin whom he said had earlier that Friday attended a meeting at his office in Kumasi.

and Ashanti Regional Minister, expressed shock over the death of Enin whom he said had earlier that Friday attended a meeting at his office in Kumasi.While expressing his condolences to the bereaved family, Mr Owusu-Ansah advised the public against imputing political motives to the murder and allow the security agencies to conduct their investigations.

Dr. Anthony Osei Akoto (NPP-Old Tafo) and Deputy Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, said it was sad the murder took place in his constituency and announced that he had decided to set up the scholarship fund to assist the late Enin family and invited his colleagues to contribute to it.

and Deputy Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, said it was sad the murder took place in his constituency and announced that he had decided to set up the scholarship fund to assist the late Enin family and invited his colleagues to contribute to it.Professor Mike Oquaye (NPP-Dome Kwabenya) and Minister of Communications, said the gruesome murder of Enin was unGhanaian and called on students, workers, ministers and all to make respect for law and order, part and parcel of the Ghanaian.

and Minister of Communications, said the gruesome murder of Enin was unGhanaian and called on students, workers, ministers and all to make respect for law and order, part and parcel of the Ghanaian.Stephen Balado – Manu (NPP-Ahafo Ano South) recalled the death of the ace Ghanaian goalkeeper, Robert Mensah, who was murdered in similar fashion and urged bar operators to institute security measures to protect their customers.

recalled the death of the ace Ghanaian goalkeeper, Robert Mensah, who was murdered in similar fashion and urged bar operators to institute security measures to protect their customers.

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