By News Desk
The Central Regional Correspondent of The Chronicle Newspaper, Mr Naabenyin Joojo Amissah, bagged two awards during the just-ended maiden edition of the Central Regional Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) awards.
Mr Amissah was adjudged Best in Environment & Sanitation, following a story he did that highlighted the filthy situation at Assin Foso in 2018.
The story focused on how tonnes of garbage were left on the streets for weeks producing an overpowering stench that affected the health of residents.
Following the story, however, the local authorities quickly moved in to savage the situation by clearing all the heaps of refuse which were breeding places for mosquitoes and flies.
Similarly, a story filed by Mr Naabenyin Joojo Amissah, which detailed how fruiting cocoa trees were attacked by a strange disease, was adjudged Best in Agriculture.
In that story, Mr Amissah investigated how deadly the disease was, its impacts on the cocoa farmers, and the country at large.
The story extensively highlighted how the deadly disease was going to affect the desire of Ghana’s cocoa industry regulator, Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD), to produce about 1,000,000 tonnes of cocoa in the 2018/2019 main crop season.
Speaking to the News Desk, via a telephone interview, the award winner, Mr Amissah, expressed joy and appreciation to Mr Emmanuel Akli, Editor of the paper, and all the other staff.
“Everyone at The Chronicle is part of this success, because I couldn’t have made it without your invaluable support and inputs,” said the award winner.
“My greatest desire has always been to serve as a conduit through which the narratives could be changed positively, so that we can move our nation forward,” he added.
The awards, he said, would serve as motivation to him and others to do their best to serve Mother Ghana as journalists.
“Prior to writing those stories, I didn’t know they were going to win awards. I was only playing my role as a watchman, but they, however, turned to affect society,” he said.
He also expressed appreciation to the regional executives of the GJA for organising the event, and promised to work harder and serve the interest of his audience.
Mr Spencer K.B Mensah of TV3 won two awards when he emerged Best in News Reporting – Electronic and Tourism & Culture
Mr Afedzi Abdullah won Best in News Reporting – Print – while Adwoa Adobea Owusu of TV3 was adjudged the best in features – Electronic.
Timothy Gobah of the Daily Graphic received two awards, being the Best in (Features – Print and Health, Mr Samuel Alfred Amoh of Adom TV best in Education and Small &Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs), Mr Isaac Arkoh of the Ghana News Agency (GNA) Best in Crime and Court Reporting, with Mrs Mary Ama Bawa Best in Fisheries, and ATL FM winning Best Radio Station in Community Development.