A Deputy Minister for Communications George Andah has challenged the Ghana Institute of Journalism, (GIJ), to come up with innovative programs that will help train a crop of Communicators who will uphold the principles of the trade.
This is to help sanitize the airwaves which according to him is mostly filled with political talk shows.
Mr. George Anda made this remarks at the Grand Dubar of the Ghana Institute of Journalism to commemorate its 60th Anniversary. It was on the theme “Celebrating our past,Inspiring our future.”
The durbar was characterized by poetry recitals that eulogised GIJ as it celebrates its diamond jubilee.
Mr. Andah commended the institute for its initiative to construct the digital media hub. He called for civility among presenters and politicians on the airwaves.
“People tune off Radio stations because presenters and politicians do not ensure civility on the airwaves…….I challenge GIJ to consider a program to educate communicators so that they can get their messages across and ensure civility”
Speakers at the event reiterated the need for the Institute to move to its new campus to accomodate the growing population.
The Rector of the institute Prof. Kwamena Kwansah-Aidoo recounted GIJ’s history since its establishment as a Department of the Accra Technical Institute, with a population of 22 students, to its present day status, as a fully fledged institute accredited by the National Accreditation Board to operate fully as a University that awards its own degrees.
He appealed for sponsorship to complete the new site and to establish a Digital media hub.
Awards were presented to winners of the 60th anniversary media contest. A 60th anniversary cake was cut to commemorate the day.
Story by Nathaniel Nartey.