ultimate winner of this year’s IFEJ Flamingo Awards receiving his award.

The World Bank Office in Accra is to sponsor the ultimate winner of this year’s IFEJ Flamingo Awards for Business and Financial Journalists to participate in the Spring Meeting in Washington DC.

In a release signed by Naa Torshie Torto, the Project Manager of IFEJ and copied to Newsghana.com.gh, it indicated that, Mr Richard Annerquaye Abbey from the Business and Financial Times who took the ultimate award took away a plaque, a citation, Ipad donated by the World Bank and a round trip to Washington for the Spring meeting of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund Mr Abbey also won the Tourism which was sponsored by MTN and Natural Resources categories also sponsored by GNPC.

Other award winners were Mr Kofi Ahowi a freelance journalists won the best in Agribusiness. He took away a plaque, citation and a Samsung Galaxy A7 phone. The award was sponsored by Ghana Stock Exchange, Mr Masahudu Ankilu of the Africa Eye Report, won the Best in Development category and also took away a plaque, citation and a Samsung Galaxy A7 phone.

The award was sponsored by Ghana Chamber of Mines Mr Suleiman Mustapha, of Graphic Business also picked two separate awards in the Best in Finance category sponsored GNPC and Local Economy category sponsored by Melcom. Mr Mustapha took away a LED Flat Screen, a Plague a citation and a Samsung Galaxy A7 phone.

Special awards were also presented to some organisations and individuals for their various support to IFEJ over the years.

Awards were presented to the Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC), the Business and Financial Times, Voltic Mineral Water Limited, Melcom Group of Companies and GCB Bank Limited.

The two individuals were and Mrs Ama Achiaa Amankwah Baafi of the Graphic Communications Group Limited and Mr Abdul Moomen of GBC 24.

Mr Sulemanu Koney, the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Mines called on business and financial journalists to ensure sustainability, accountability and transparency in the governance of the country’s mineral resources.

He said this responsibility behoves on the financial and business journalists to do more in serving as critical watchdogs. The theme for this year’s award was “Towards Better Management of Natural Resources for Inclusive Growth and Development” and was organised by the Institute for Financial and Economic Journalists (IFEJ).

He said accountability requires that “we demand from our leaders the right to know the way our resources are utilised and to make relevant input in making efficient utilisation proceeds from the country’s mineral resources.”

Mr Koney said for the country to reap the benefits of its mineral deposits and maximise the gains of hosting the mineral resources, there must be prudent governance of the sector, adding that resources generated from the sector must be used meticulously.

Prof John Gatsi, the Chairman of the Awards Jury said 41 total entries were received for all nine categories but only seven categories qualified for awards because entries did not meet minimum requirement resulting in the rejection of two entries.

He urged potential entrants to plan for their stories and to ensure originality, creativity, and initiative as well as produce balanced, fair and the use multiple sources to deliver professional and quality reportage. The awards seek to recognise business and financial journalists and editors who provide high quality coverage of the business and financial environment in Ghana.

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