The Upper East Regional Chapter of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has launched its maiden edition of Regional GJA Awards under the theme “Sustaining the Peace in the Upper East Region, the Role of the Media”.
The institution of the annual regional award scheme follows similar award events held by the Association’s chapters in some other regions in the country to recognise and award journalists who have in the year under review made positive impact through reporting.
Eric Amoh, Upper East Regional Chairman of the GJA indicated that the scheme would seek to award and reward journalists in the Upper East region whose works have largely influenced positively on the lives of the people.
“We in the Upper East region as journalists have been working all these years. I have worked 20 years in this region and I have never seen such an occasion to reward me for the work I do. It is a privilege that today we have an opportunity through the 70th anniversary of the Ghana Journalists Association also to be recognised as people and workers in the media who have been striving in the odds to provide the best of services to our people in this side of the country” he said at a ceremony in Bolgatanga to launch the award scheme.
He further admonished journalists in the country to place premium on reporting issues that would inure to the benefit of the poor people in society.
“Poverty is one of the main problems confronting us in the Upper East region. Sometimes it is not the fault of the politician not to know about the poverty levels of the people because we do not explain out poverty levels to government. We as people in the media work for the people and so we have to do little for the politician” he added.
Various categories including Human Rights reporting, Investigative reporting, Agriculture reporting and several others have been instituted to award entrants of the award scheme.
Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah who was the special guest of honour at the event announced his Ministry’s decision to support the award scheme with a cash amount of Ten thousand Ghana cedis.
He admonished journalists in the country to strongly consider the public good in their reportage and being responsible as they exercise their freedom of duty as enshrined in the constitution of the country.
The launch brought together media practitioners in the region