Mr Affail Monney

The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has urged all journalists and Media to support the Green Ghana Project by Government.

A statement signed by Mr Affail Monney, the GJA President and copied the Ghana News Agency, said the media could play a pivotal role in the project by saturating the airwaves and littering their newspapers with relevant programmes, situational reports, exciting stories and well researched features.

“The aim is to get an overwhelming majority of Ghanaians to participate in and assume ownership of the tree planting exercise,” the statement said.

Green Ghana Project, a novel national initiative aimed at planting five million trees across the country.

It said the GJA expected all media owners, Chief Executive Officers, editors, and practitioners not only to promote the exercise but also to take an active part to green their media houses and communities.

“Sustainability is key to the success of the Green Ghana Project. To this end, the GJA underlines the need for media practitioners all over the country to help maintain the momentum through follow-up stories and programmes. This will inculcate in the public, especially the youth, the values of planting and nurturing trees,” the statement said.

The statement said the success of the Project would be measured by the extent to which communities were greened, watersheds protected and threats of climate change abated.

“For its part, the GJA will consider instituting SPECIAL GREEN GHANA AWARDS for journalists and media houses (traditional and online) who excel in championing this environmentally vital national exercise,” the statement said.

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The Ghana news Agency (GNA) was established on March 5, 1957, i.e. on the eve of Ghana's independence and charged with the "dissemination of truthful unbiased news". It was the first news agency to be established in Sub-Saharan Africa. GNA was part of a comprehensive communication policy that sought to harness the information arm of the state to build a viable, united and cohesive nation-state. GNA has therefore been operating in the unique role of mobilizing the citizens for nation building, economic and social development, national unity and integration.

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