01.09.2003 Sports News

Accra branch of ASBOG inaugurated

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Accra, Sept. 1, GNA - A seven-member executive of the newly formed Association of Sports Broadcasters (ASBOG), Accra Branch, was on Monday sworn into office by Mr Bright Blewu, General Secretary of the Ghana Journalist Association (GJA) at a ceremony in Accra.

The association, headed by Mr kwame Baah-Nuakoh a Lecturer of the University of Ghana and the host of Saturday's sports programme on Radio Gold in Accra is to serve as a pressure group to influence the development of Sports in Ghana.

Mr Joe Aggery, a Deputy Minister of Education Youth and Sports called for credibility, truth and professionalism among members in the discharge of their duties since its the only way of sustaining the association.

He urged them to uphold the ethics of the profession and endeavour to crosscheck stories before broadcast.

Dr Owusu Ansah, Acting Chief Executive of the National Sports Council (NSC) said sports journalists could use the newly installed computers at the Accra Sports Stadium press centre to access information.

Mr Baah Nuakoh called for an end to the rampant attack on sports journalists before, during and after matches citing in particular, last Sunday's match between Hearts and Kotoko, where Kofi Asare Brako of Peace FM was manhandled by some irate fans.

He reckons though, the need for training of members, most of whom lack formal journalistic training to enhance their delivery. Other members of the executive are Nii Lantey Vanderpuye, Vice President, Seth Lamtey - Secretary, Kwame Anane - Assistant Secretary, Jerry Afriyie-Paemka - Treasurer, Prince Annang as Organiser and Davis Odeneho Appiah, Assistant Organiser/porter.

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