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An aspiring Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) President, Mr. Albert Kwabena Dwumfour, has called for a deepened relationship between Corporate Ghana and the media in order to promote their businesses hand-in-hand.
He made the call when he took his campaign to the Ashfoam Factory Limited in Accra on Tuesday, July 13, 2021.
Speaking at the meeting, Mr Dwumfour noted that Ashfoam has been one of the companies that have supported the media and the GJA over the years.
He stated that the company has supported GJA Awards by honoring the Best Journalist of the year, Female Journalist of the Year, and the Most Promising Journalist of the year with products aside from the monetary support it gives to GJA.
He also noted that Ashfoam has also helped with the painting of some parts of the building of the Press Centre amongst others hence the need to engage the company while aspiring to take over as the next President.
“We see them as a major corporate partner and as all know, the media thrives on an enabling environment to succeed and so if the media throws our support behind corporate Ghana, they will also support us when we go to them for support,” he said.
Mr Dwumfour said his campaign team will visit corporate Ghana, aside Ashfoam to appreciate them and to also let them know how the media can get the government to create an enabling environment for businesses in the country.
He also underscored the need to deepen the relationship between corporate Ghana, including Ashfoam, in order to help address some of their challenges.
“Businesses thrive on enabling environment and it is the media that will create it. What we can do as a Fourth Estate of the Realm is not just to expose the ills and the wrongs but to also help so that government will make laws that will protect our indigenous businesses, protect entrepreneurs and local businesses because even if investors come here, they employ the people here to do the job. So, we are here to strengthen the partnership between us and assure them that we will continue to deepen the working relationship they already started with the GJA, “he said.
He called on the media to stop attacking private companies since their downfall may cause a lot of harm to the society.
“We should stop the attack on businesses, and the attack on corporate world. When covid came, if you did not have a strong foundation, you would collapse and so if these businesses have survived, let us support them. Even when they are wrong, let us find a way to dialogue and see how we can resolve it than using our medium to sell them out, because when businesses collapse, unemployment will increase and armed robbery and gambling will increase and we all stand to be affected,” he added.
For his part, the General Manager of Ashfoam, Mr George A. Massih also pledged his support towards the GJA aspirant, expressing hope that the media will help address their (businesses) challenges.
He noted that the importation of second-hand mattresses had become a major challenge to the industry since it infringes on their businesses.
Despite calls on the government to ban the importation of second mattresses, people still sneak in into the country irrespective of the harm it causes to human health.
He also noticed a rise in cybersecurity threats, especially on social media, calling on the GJA to organize training for the media on how to fight cybersecurity before it escalates.
Mr. George A. Massih also noticed that the youth, as young as 7 years have engaged in gambling, a situation he said may affect the country’s development if not addressed in time.
He, therefore, called on the media to help raise awareness on these challenges in order to get the right institution to address them.
Mr. Dwumfour was accompanied by Betty Apau-Oppong, former Director of TV, GTV, Vance Azu, former Night Editor, Daily Graphic, Sika Dzuali, Campaign Secretary, Ekourba Gyasi, TV host, Atinka TV, Ofori Ayim, Atinka FM, Kojo Addo, Atinka FM and Gabriel Bosompem, Campaign Chairman and former Manager, TV3.