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General News of Friday, 3 August 2018


Give GIJ fair share of the national cake – Ag Rector to government

Acting Rector of the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ), Dr Modestus Fosu, has charged government to give the institute its fair share of the national cake.

According to him, the institute after training communication professionals for more than 60 years, has earned the right to ask for more and better structures to work with.

Speaking at the 12th congregation ceremony of the institute at the school’s new site at Okponglo, Dr Fosu said “We have seen government’s efforts at resourcing some tertiary institutions in recent times. The University of Health and Allied Sciences has recently received an infrastructural boost; parliament recently approved a loan of about $90 million for the yet to be established University of Environment and Sustainable Development.”

“But there is no GIJ case! Meanwhile, those institutions and GIJ are sisters. On Christmas day when a father gives every daughter rice with sardines, he does not single out and serve her with boiled cassava and hot pepper,” he stressed.

“Please, we in GIJ want to feel we are also a cherished daughter of government, just like our sister institutions,” he said.

Dr Modestus Fosu called on Parliament of Ghana to come to the aid of the institute and amend the existing GIJ Act, Act 717 to reflect the current growth and aspirations into the future.

870 persons were awarded certificates having fulfilled all requirements.

The graduating class is made up of two categories, those who read for a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Communication Studies and those who have qualified for a diploma in Communication Studies.

For the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Communications Studies, the school awarded a total number of 602, thus, 311 for the Journalism option and 291 for Public Relations option. Whilst a total of 268 students graduated with a Diploma in Communication Studies.