Mr Lloyd Evans (R) is challenging Mr Affail Monney (L),who is the incumbent GJA President and is going for another term.
Mr Lloyd Evans (R) is challenging Mr Affail Monney (L),who is the incumbent GJA President and is going for another term.

An Aspiring Presidential Candidate for the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) executive elections, Mr. Lloyd Evans has observed the association has lost its relevance in the country, hence needs a new direction.

Mr Lloyd Evans (R) is challenging Mr Affail Monney (L),who is the incumbent GJA President and is going for another term.
Mr Lloyd Evans (R) is challenging Mr Affail Monney (L),who is the incumbent GJA President and is going for another term.
He said here in the national capital on Monday during the launch of his campaign to outline his vision to resuscitate the GJA.

“There is no doubt that over the past ten years or more, the Ghana Journalists Association appears to have lost its relevance, credibility and importance within the country’s socio-economic and political arena.

The respect and authority we commanded as professionals is no longer easily discernible. Our leadership is in crisis, if I may say so because of a failure to provide an effective vibrant leadership with a vision to guide the association.”

The new policy direction to propel the GJA to the next level, Mr. Evans observed is rebranding the association, ensuring journalists practiced their trade in a very professional manner, putting the GJA on a sound financial footing as well as ensuring accountable and transparent leadership.

Mr. Evans, who is the immediate past president of the Institute of Financial and Economic Journalists (IFEJ), stated the first thing to do in the forward drive of the association is to have a critical review of the constitution of the GJA to suit modernity if given the nod.

Touching on some of the things he will do, the aspiring candidate promised to make training and re-training of members a top priority to ensure professionalism, develop various specialized courses in journalism for members, encourage journalists to take keen interest in union activities as well as modernize the Ghana International Press Centre (GIPC) to befit its status.

Others are making the welfare of journalists a top priority by fighting for improved conditions for members, reviving the Greater Accra Branch of the GJA to be replicated in the other regions, resorting to the use of experienced and retired journalists to train the younger ones, review the GJA annual awards to take away controversies that has characterized the awards over the years, set up a 25 million cedis media fund as well as rekindle the GJA Media XI football team.

He promised to provide an all-inclusive, dedicated and honest leadership and entreated voters to give him the mandate to implement the good programmes and policies that will move the GJA to the next level.

A former broadcaster with high repute, Mr. Godwin Avenorgbor, popularly known as the “Grand Master” in his days who graced the occasion tasked the GJA to be a unifying body that should bring both the old and young journalists together.

Projects Director for IFEJ, Ms. Naa Torshie Torto, touched on the sterling qualities of Mr. Lloyd Evans as a humble and hardworking person who, through the association has been able to facilitate the training of young journalists in financial and extractive sector reporting who are contributing their quota towards national development.

The GJA goes to the polls on March 31 to elect a president and other executives for the next four years.

Mr. Lloyd Evans is contesting the incumbent, Dr. Affail Monney and Mr. Johnny Aryeetey. Enditem

Source: Francis Tandoh

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