Zenith Bank GIJ

Mr Henry Oroh, the Managing Director of Zenith Bank Ghana Limited has described the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) as an innovative institution that will enjoy the Bank support it to achieve its goals.

He praised GIJ for its contribution towards the training of communicators and journalists in Ghana and the West African sub-region to add on to human development.

Mr Oroh made the remarks when the management of GIJ paid a courtesy call on him at his office in Accra.

The visit was to explore some areas that the two institutions could collaborate for mutual benefits as part of measures to achieving the school’s mission.

He commended the school for its plans to set up an endowment fund to help train specialized media practitioners in the country and congratulated them for turning 60 years, adding that, “the Bank will do everything in its domain to support the Institute.”

Mr. Oroh urged the leadership of the school to widen their net in soliciting for support to help set up the endowment fund and that “Zenith Bank is one of the corporate institutions in Ghana that does a lot of corporate social responsibilities.”

Professor Kwamina Kwansah-Aidoo Rector of GIJ said the school was in collaboration with all relevant institutions and stakeholders to ensure that the Institute remained a highly academic professional communications Institution serving the needs of students, industry and society.

He said there were so many areas that the bank could collaborate with the school, explaining that communication forms a critical part of any progressive establishment.

According to him, the visit was also to help deepen the bond between the school and the bank, adding, “As partners, we think there are areas of collaboration that we must think about and partner to execute.”

He took the opportunity to solicit the support of the Bank to help celebrate the 60th Anniversary in grand style.

Dr Lawrencia Agyapong, the Chairperson of the 60th anniversary committee said the setting up of the Institute’s endowment fund was to help uplift the human resource development of communicators trained by the school.

She said the school would need all her business partners and stakeholders on board in the celebration of its 60th anniversary.

Dr Agyapong also appealed to the bank to accept students from the school for practical internship.

The GIJ delegation included Mr Yaw Odame Gyau, a Senior Lecturer.

The GIJ was established in 1959 by the late Dr Kwame Nkrumah government to provide training in journalism towards the development of a patriotic cadre of journalists to play an active role in the emancipation of the African continent.

With a vision to be the preferred communications training Institute in Africa, upholding high academic standards and producing world class professionals for the transformation of society, the school since its establishment, had trained and continue to train world-class media practitioners from both home and abroad.

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