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Five companies have donated GHȼ40,000.00 to the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) to support the 21st GJA Awards.
The institutions are Wilmar Africa, International Cocoa Initiative, Vodafone, Voltic and Ghana Chamber of Mines.
The awards, slated for Saturday, August 27, 2016, would honour hardworking journalists.
Presenting a cheque for GHȼ12,000.00 at the press conference, Mr Manesh, the Manager at Wilmar Africa, commended the media for the watch-dog and development roles they play in the country.
Prince Gyamfi, the Programme Co-ordinator of International Cocoa Initiative, urged the media to report more on children protection issues especially in cocoa grown areas and presented the initiative’s annual report for 2015.
The Corporate Communications Manager of Vodafone presented GHȼ10,000.00 to the Ghana Journalists Association for their essence in national dialogue.
David Dzomeku, the District Manager for Voltic Mineral Water Company, which is sponsoring the Health and Environment Award, said the donation was to deepen its partnership with the GJA and presented GHȼ10,000.00.
Mr Sulemanu Koney, the Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber of Mines, presented GHȼ8,000.00 to the Association and challenged the media to report more on mining activities.
Mr Affail Monney, the President of the Ghana Journalists, noted that there are numerous journalists who perform creditably and need to be motivated to go the extra mile.
He said for the first time journalists would be awarded with cars for their outstanding deeds.
Mr Monney said: “Support for the media is support for democracy,” and expressed gratitude to all the donors for their immense contribution for the growth and development of journalism.