The Corporate Services Executive of MTN, Ms Mawuena Dumor today presented a cheque of GH¢ 65,000 to support the Ghana Journalists Awards Night at the Ghana International Press Center with promise to continue to work in partnership with the media even as it actively executes on the promise to bring world-class telecommunication services to Ghanaians.
The Ghana ajournalists Asssociation (GJA) Awards Night, which is the 13th in the series, will take place on the Saturday, 25th October 2008 at the Banquet Hall of the State House, Accra.
Ms Dumor expressed the delight of MTN in supporting the Awards Night of the GJA adding that, the support is linked to MTN's tradition of recognising and rewarding excellence.
The occasion also, she said serves as a major milestone in MTN's partnership with the media and forms the bases for MTN and GJA entering into a long term partnership with the media. The partnership, she said has been built on mutual respect.
The Corporate Services Executive of MTN said the company has been identified with this Awards Night since the communication giant came to Ghana and referred to their GH¢ 20,000 package presented in support of GJA's last year's Awards Night.
In presenting the cheque to the GJA Executives and the members of the Awards Planning Committee, Miss Dumor said, the amount is to help build professional capacity and to increase networking amongst the media in Ghana and across the globe. She said MTN as an African multinational is keen in seeing our media personnel gain access to information everywhere they go.
Half of the GH¢ 65,000 package, according to Ms Dumor will be used to purchase 22 Laptops and accessories to all the 22 winners during the Awards Nights. They will in addition, receive modems which will enable them do research and network with professional colleagues both locally and internationally.
The Corporate Services Executive of MTN disclosed that MTN is close to finalising a three year partnership package with the GJA.
In a welcome address, the President of GJA, Mr Ransford Tetteh thanked MTN for their continued support towards programmes and activities of the inky fraternity. He assured organisations, both governmental and private of their continued co-operation with them but quickly added that, their association will not let them compromise their stand as the forth estate of the realm but will continue to provide their watchdog function as it's dictated by the ethics of the profession.
Mr Bright Kwame Blewu, secretary of GJA urged the media to assist in the nations's guest to conduct a peaceful and an incident-free elections come 7th December. He reminded them that they will not only lose their jobs but also will be the first people to feel the blunt of any atrocities should there be disturbances in the country.
Members of the Awards Planning Committee present were introduced. They included Mrs Adjoa Asiedu, Francis Kutse, Doris Dartey, Barfi Apenteng, George Sarpong and Sammy Aduagyei. The Awards Planning Committee will present their report to the GJA Executive on Monday at the Ghana International Press Center and invited the media to be present as well.