Accra – The United Nations System in Ghana has called on Ghanaian journalists to lend support, through their reportage, to efforts at advancing the development of the country. The UN system therefore admonished journalists to focus more on development-oriented issues and create awareness on areas that need more attention by policy makers. This was made known by the UN Resident Coordinator, Ruby Sandhu-Rojon, when she presented a cheque for 50,000.00 Ghana Cedis (Approximately $23,000.00) to support 10 categories of this year’s Ghana Journalists Association awards to deserving journalists. The categories are on Maternal Nutrition, the MDGs in Ghana, Promoting Volunteerism, Culture; Youth & Migration, Science, Maternal (Health) Mortality, Family Planning, Ethical Reporting on Children, Youth and Adolescent Health and Rights and Child Labour in Ghana.
Ms Sandhu-Rojon expressed the hope that with such support, journalists in the country would be encouraged to focus attention on specific developmental needs of the people of Ghana and thereby direct policy action towards those areas.
The President of the GJA, Mr. Affail Monney, thanked the United Nations for supporting the 2013 journalists’ awards. He commended the United Nations for identifying challenges within the media landscape and making an effort to improve their capacity through such gestures.
The Ghana Journalists’ Awards ceremony is held annually to “promote professionalism and high journalistic standards and reward and honour outstanding members”. This year’s event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, November 2.