DAILY GUIDE Reporter Picks Award

The Center for Migration Studies, University of Ghana, Legon has awarded a staff of DAILY GUIDE , Jamila Akweley Okertchiri and seven other journalists for their impressive reports on migration.

The special award ceremony was held on Thursday in Accra at the headquarters of the Center for Migration Studies, Legon.

Lauretta Vandepuye from the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation(GBC) emerged the overall winner, taking home GH¢1,200.

Jamila Akweley Okertchiri, health and human rights reporter from DAILY GUIDE, who was adjudged the second best reporter, won GH¢1,000 while Maxwell Suuk of Diamond Radio in Tamale won GH¢700.

Other prize winners were Daniel Adu Darko from Peace fm, Pius Amihere Eduku, Radio Univers , McJoseph Kwame of Rite fm and Anny Osubatey of Joy fm .

All participants received certificates and consolation prizes.

As part of activities to climax the ceremony, the Migration Center held a special event on livelihood strategies and wellbeing of migrants in low-paid and insecure jobs in Ghana.

The workshop organized by the ‘Migrating out of poverty’ research programme consortium at the Center, focused on bridging the gap between multi-method research and identification of policy responses.

Speaking at the event, Prof. Mariama Awumbila, Director for the Migrating Out of Poverty Programme, stated that its target is to promote policy approaches, reduce poverty, minimize the risk of migration for the poor through creating new data sets, engaging policy-makers and building capacity.

‘We don’t only do research but we engage policymakers so that we can make policy approaches that can enhance the lives of these migrants who engage mostly in construction and domestic work in the urban cities,’ she said.

A media training workshop was held in September last year by the Centre which focused on equipping media personnel to enable them to effectively report issues related to migration in Ghana.

As part of the training workshop, media personnel took part in a contest that highlighted key preliminary research findings.

In attendance at the ceremony were officials from the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, students from the Center for Migration Studies as well as the Migrating Out of Poverty Research programme.

By Angela Dzidzornu

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