Skip to main content

Daily Express’ Yaw Sarpong short-listed for IFEJ-Flamingo awards



By: Mathias Amoah with additional file from IfejNews

Daily Express Business Reporter, Mr Fred Yaw Sarpong has been short-listed for first edition of the IFEJ-Flamingo Awards.

The jury for the first edition of the IFEJ-Flamingo Awards for Business and Financial journalism has short-listed five financial journalists for various categories of awards.

Yaw Sarpong is among the five nominees short-listed for the awards. The other nominees are Charles Benoni Okine and Samuel Doe Ablordeppey both from the Graphic Business, Felix Della Klutse of the Business Day and Edward Nyarko of Ghana Television (GTV).

Yaw Sarpong entered three categories of the awards. These are Business of Health, Rural Business and Business Finance.

Mrs Philomena Johnson, chair of the jury in her report said 29 entries with 38 stories were submitted for all the categories.

According to the jury most storylines left readers to guess the objective of the story while at the same time the stories were either not balanced or lack objectivity.

The report further stated that the language of some of the stories were too technical for the understanding of the ordinary reader.

Some stories, according to the report did not articulate main implications of the issues raised in the stories.

Research and investigations were not thorough as multiple sources were not covered to validate story line while at the same time most stories did not provide clear message for policy change.

Friday December 12, 2014 has been slated for the award ceremony with Mr Justice William Atuguba a Supreme Court Judge as the guest speaker. The theme for the Award is “Taking Business and Financial Journalism to higher level” and the venue for the event is the World Bank Office in Accra

The ceremony being organise by the Institute of Financial and Economic Journalists (IFEJ) is being held in partnership with the World Bank, Enterprise Life Insurance, adb Bank and GIZ/SECO.

The objective of the institute is to deepen the level of reportage in the area of business, economic and financial issues.

The awards are in 10 various categories – Finance (Finance, banking, capital and money markets, insurance etc), ICT, Extractives, Agribusiness, Tourism, Business, Developmental issues, Rural Banking/Micro finance and Micro Enterprise, Business of Health and Best News story.

The ultimate award is the Best Business and Financial Journalist of the year which will go to the participant who wins the Best Finance in addition to any of the two categories listed above.

Mr Lloyd Evans President of the Institute said “Our principal objective is to match or overtake the level of the financial journalism in Southern and Eastern Africa and to also build the capacity of Ghanaian journalists to win international awards”.



Comments

Popular posts from this blog

PFM Act to guide local government authority borrowing

By: Fred Yaw Sarpong
The bill, Public Financial Management (PFM) Act 921 which has been passed into law by Parliament is to guide public institutions especially the local government authority borrowing. The law was pass on 3rdAugust, 2016
According to the law, local government authority, a public corporation or state-owned enterprise is liable for the debt and other obligations without recourse to Government, unless otherwise explicitly guaranteed by Government in accordance with this Act.
Madam Eva Esselba Mends, the Chief Economic Officer and Group Head of PFM at the Ministry of Finance told the Daily Express that the law involves a lot but it also give instruction to how state institutions can borrow especially with the  local government authority.
She mentioned that there is no specific law in place that gives direction as to what local authority can do when it comes to borrowing by the authority. Other public corporations sometimes borrow with huge amount for their operation but loca…

Vodafone fined a record £4.6 million for IT blunder

A top-up error left pay-as-you-go customers out of pocket and complaints were mishandled
Vodafone has been fined a record £4.6 million by the telecoms watchdog forleaving thousands of customers out of pocket in a disastrous IT blunder.
Ofcom found that the operator mishandled complaints and failed to pay into the accounts of more than 10,000 pay-as-you-go customers when they topped up their credit.
The top-up error, which cost customers £150,000 over 17 months in 2014 and 2015, stemmed from the moving of 28.5 million accounts to a new billing system.Errors in billing data and price plans caused so much protest that it made Vodafone the most complained-about mobile network in Britain.The technical issues were resolved by April 2015 and all accounts are now on the new system, Vodafone said.
Lindsey Fussell, Ofcom’s consumer group director, said:“Vodafone’s failings were serious and unacceptable, and these fines send a clear warning to all telecoms companies.”
The company says that it has ref…

Enterprise Life inaugurates social centre for Kumasi SOS village

By: Fred Yaw Sarpong
Enterprise Life and Sanlam South Africa together with SOS Children’s Villages Ghana have jointly inaugurated a newly constructed social centre at the SOS Children’s Village, Kumasi in the Ashanti region.
The project, valued at GHc485,000.00 forms part of Enterprise Life and Sanlam-South Africa’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) to promote quality education and health for vulnerable children in Ghana.
The newly established social centre provides a suitable multi-purpose facility with a spacious auditorium among others to host different social activities related to child growth and development and will cater for both SOS children and students of the Hermann Gmeiner School.
The centre also offers the beneficiaries the opportunity to freely socialize and participate actively in educational oriented activities such as school concerts, art exhibitions and workshops.
The Executive Director of Enterprise Life, Mrs. Jacqueline Benyi expressed satisfaction that her outf…