The newly elected Upper West Regional Executives of the Ghana Journalists Association [GJA] led by its Chairman Mr. Suala Abdul Wahab and some immediate past executives on Thursday, 18th January, 2018 paid a courtesy call on the Regional Minister Hon. Alhaji Sulemana Alhassan in his office.
Alhaji Abdulai Abubakar, the Regional Coordinating Director who welcomed the delegation said the RCC was prepared to work closely with the GJA to deepen the cordial relationship between the GJA and the RCC. The Chairman of the Association, Mr. Suala Abdul Wahab said the call was to officially introduce the newly elected executives of the GJA to the Regional Minister and to also pledge their support to the development of the Region.
Mr. B.D. Pobia the immediate past GJA Chairman (a retired Chief Reporter for the Ghana News Agency) appealed to the Honourable Regional Minister for an office accommodation to be used as a press centre to aid the Association organize in- service trainings for upcoming media practitioners to promote professionalism among Journalists.
Madam Judith Bagiro a past treasurer for the Association and a retired GBC Director in the UWR, pleaded with the Hon Regional Minister to be patient with media practitioners in the region in their reportage.
The Regional Minister, Hon. Alhaji Sulemana Alhassan congratulated the newly elected executives for their elevation to the leadership position of the Upper West GJA.
He advised the executives to take their responsibilities seriously and work in the service of members of the Association. He urged the Association to organize special training for their members to sharpen their skills and knowledge.
Alhaji Sulemana appealed to the Association to help sell and market the region. This, the Minister believes will bring about professionalism in the reportage of their members.
Mr. Suala Abdul Wahab responding to the bad reportage of Journalists in the Region said most unprofessional conducts are usually not from GJA members but from other media persons who are not professionals. He assured the Hon. Regional Minister of the support of the Association in the developmental agenda of the Region.