Mr. Albert Futukpor, a Northern Regional reporter for the Ghana News Agency received the “Best Reporter in Oil and Gas” award at the just ended Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) Annual Awards 2012.This award was introduced and sponsored by Penplusbytes (PPB) in collaboration with Revenue Watch Institute (RWI) under the “Strengthening Media Oversight of the Extractive Sectors Pilot Program”.
This award forms part of interventions by Penplusbytes and RWI to increase the quantity and quality of coverage of extractive-related issues in the print and broadcast media in Ghana and Uganda by developing mechanisms for media capacity building on extractive governance that are scalable and sustainable in these countries.
The feature story by Mr. Futukpor “ TOR must Refine Jubilee Oil”, which looked at reasons why the nation’s only refinery is not used to refine Ghana’s new found oil, was adjudged the best among 87 entries by journalists across the country. He received a plaque, certificate and a laptop from Emmanuel Kuyole, RWI Africa Regional Coordinator of RWI at the prestigious ceremony held in Accra on 25 August, 2012.
This year’s GJA awards, which is the 17th since its inception, was instituted to promote high journalistic standards, as well as motivate members who have excelled in their work. This year’s award was under the theme ‘Giving Credence to Elections and Democratic Stability: The Role of the Media’. In all 434 entries were received and 35 awards were given to journalists and some media houses.