The Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr. Eric Opoku, has officially cut the sod for the construction of a GH? 583,299.08 multi-purpose Press Centre for Ashanti Regional Branch of Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) at Danyame in Kumasi.

The project which is expected to be completed within a time span of 6 calendar months is a two storey building containing facilities like a reception, a well furnished computer room,2-syndicate rooms,5no.administration offices, a conference room of 200 seating capacity, a kitchen,2 dinning (canteen)rooms and 2?washrooms with furniture and fencing around it.

According to the Regional Minister, it is expected that the project upon completion will serve as conduit for effective convergence point for information gathering by journalists in the region and of course on-line by those outside Ashanti.

The centre is also expected to serve as offices for the leadership of the Association and a meeting place for members and non-members as well. It will also boost the morale of members to facilitate networking and flow of information and above all, enhance the Association?s dealings with stakeholders to promote national dialogue and development.

Challenging media practitioners, he indicated that every notable profession is built on well-designed ethical valves, adherence to which makes the profession command public respect and importance.

The country, he said has come far in its quest to ensure social economic development and we cannot allowed anything untoward to derail the gains made, adding that all stakeholders have significant contributions to make towards maintaining, peace, security and development in all parts of the country.?

Journalists, he therefore, charged have a greater responsibility to provide accurate information and avoid reprehensible reportage that has the tendency to inflame passions, thus focusing on issues that will unite us as a people n mater out religious, tribal and political difference.

?As the nation awaits the outcome of the election petition, it has even become more imperative to conscientize all Ghanaians to stand united against tendencies that can potentially affect the peace of the nation? he implored, appealing to the leadership of G.J.A??to adopt proactive measure that will calm nerves, governance, national unity, cohesion and peaceful co-existence.

?It is important at this time to reposition yourselves in your reportage in order to avoid sensationalism on the part of some of your members, and to ensure that the country remains intact after the outcome of the election petition. For self-styled Journalists, I entreat the GJA to lead in either their up-bringing or have them weeded out since they give a bad name to your profession,? he noted.



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