GJA petitions Pres.Akufo-Addo to Include journalists in stimulus package disbursement

GJA petitions Pres.Akufo-Addo to Include journalists in stimulus package disbursement

The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has petitioned President Nana Akufo-Addo for journalists to be considered in the disbursement of a stimulus package announced by the government last month.

The Association also wants the government to support media houses struggling as a result of the outbreak of the pandemic.

According to GJA President, Roland Affail Monney, some media houses and journalists have been faced with difficulties and serious challenges due to the pressures induced by the outbreak on their organizations.

Mr. Monney said the association is hoping for a favorable response from the government.

“We have crafted a proposal which has been sent to the government to consider journalists in the disbursement of the COVID-19 stimulus package,” he said.

Several other business groups being affected by the pandemic have called on the government to consider them in the disbursement of the GH¢1 billion announced by the government in March 2020.

The Chairman of the National Media Commission, Yaw Boadu-Ayeboafoh in a meeting with the president and some leaders in the media industry last week, called for protection for media personnel from the harsh impact of COVID-19.

“By all standards, even some of our media establishments that are supposed to be big, in real terms are small scale because if you look at their total output, turn out and everything, almost every one of our media houses will qualify and we want to appeal to the government to look into how the media establishments can be supported under the provision for small and medium scale enterprises so that they do not collapse after the coronavirus,” he said at the meeting.

It can be recalled that the government announced a GHS 1 billion stimulus package to households and businesses, particularly small and medium scale enterprises, under a Coronavirus Alleviation Programme in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

President Nana Akufo-Addo, who announced this on Friday, March 27, 2020, in a televised address on enhanced measures to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, said the Alleviation Programme was to address the disruption in economic activities, the hardship of the people, and to rescue and revitalize the industries.

“The Minister for Finance has been directed by me to prepare, for approval by Parliament, a Coronavirus Alleviation Programme to address the disruption in economic activities, the hardship of our people, and to rescue and revitalize our industries,” the President said.