- GJA has pledged to support its members to acquire their own house
- The houses are priced from GHC60,000 to GHC80,000 for two-bedroom and three-bedroom respectively
The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has launched a project which is intended to lessen the burden of its members in acquiring their own houses.
At a short ceremony held in Accra on Monday, the GJA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Koans Estate to ensure that member journalists no longer have to struggle before acquiring houses of their own.
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The project, which is dubbed 'GJA Media Village Project', is geared towards making houses affordable to journalists.
Speaking at the ceremony, the GJA president, Roland Affail Monney said the poor remuneration of journalists across the country makes it difficult for them to afford houses.
According to him, the project has been initiated to lift the spirit of member journalists, so that even if they earn little, they can still afford to own a house.
Despite the project being designed specifically for journalists, members are not permitted to buy more than one house, Chairperson of the Project Committee, Dr Doris Yaa Dartey, said.
She further stated that none-journalists are barred from owning a house in the Media Village.
Also present at the ceremony was Chairman of the National Media Commission (NMC), Mr Kwesi Gyan-Apenteng, who touched on the poor condition of service of Ghanaian journalists.
He said good remuneration for journalists would go a long way to help upgrade the quality of journalism in the country.
Managing Director of Koans Building Estates, Mr Kofi Anokye, also added that the partnership will help to ensure that housing solutions are provided for journalists who are not so 'rich'.
According to him, Koans looks forward to a fruitful partnership with the GJA to foster this common goal.
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