Melcom Donates To GNFS And IFEJ

Melcom Care Foundation, a charity branch of Melcom Group of Companies, has donated cash, two digital television sets and office furniture to the Ghana Nation Fire Service (GNFS), Takoradi, and the Institute of Financial and Economic Journalists (IFEJ).

The donations were part of the One Stop Shop Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to encourage organizations that their contributions are impacting on society positively. Presenting the donations, the Melcom Group of Companies’ Director of Communications, Mr. Godwin Avernogbo, indicated that the One Stop Shop was supporting institutions and groups, especially IFEJ, because they want to encourage journalists who have specialized in financial reporting and analysis.

“Melcom is in business and as business people, we are interested in growing media and supporting specialization in financial and business reporting,” he said. He said Ghanaian journalists must make efforts to specialize in areas that are relevant to the growth of the economy and should go beyond just reporting the news to making analysis.

“We are looking forward to the time when business news will no longer only be a platform for advertising brands, but become a segment of news that would throw the searchlight on bottlenecks in the business facilitation process – such as exports, imports, duties, clearing of goods, manufacturing, distribution and energy supply, etc.

He also said over the years, they have been cooperating with the GNFS, Accra, but wanted to extend a similar gesture to other outlets in the regions. “We want to appreciate the Ghana National Fire Service for the efforts they make in keeping the incidence of destruction of life and property by fire to the minimum. To those who doubt this, we say, ask yourself what the state of the nation would have been in view of the spate of fires nationwide in 2015, without the Fire Service’s intervention.”

The IFEJ received a donation of a 14 inches digital television and the GNFS received cash of GH¢2500, office furniture and 32 inches digital television. The Takoradi Station Officer, Emmanuel Acherefi, thanked Melcom for the support and advised citizens to be watchful of things that would ignite fire outbreaks during the dry season. He said the harmatan weather can easily cause fire.

Thus, he charged parents to be watchful over their wards, so that they don’t play with matches and fire crackers. The President of IFEJ, Lloyd Evans, also thanked Melcom and said the donation will be given as an award to this year’s Financial and Economic Best Journalist.

By Bernice Bessey

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