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The president, John Dramani Mahama has been charged to provide the needed leadership to help redeem the country from the quagmire of problems it is currently facing.

According to the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, who graced the 19th Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) Awards in Accra, Saturday, many of the challenges facing Ghana currently can be addressed through an effective leadership response.

The Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu charged the president to make use of the rich human resources available at his disposal, “and the country will be the better for it”.

Otumfuo added: “I have already alluded to the fact that we are passing through difficult times. The fact that we may have been through a similar or even worse experience before can be no comfort.

“What matters is to fix the problem. And while we contemplate the role you can play, we must look to the leadership of the state for the solutions. The tendency to tinker with problems by a process of shifting cultivation does not inspire confidence.

“The solutions, I have to say, lie in the bosom of one man and only he can provide the answers. So I say unto the President of the Republic, in the seminal words of the Methodist hymn: Master speak. Thy servant heareth. And let’s hope we will not have to wait too long for a response.”

The Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II also bemoaned the increasing level of corruption which is fast eroding business confidence and destroying the basic fiber of the Ghanaian society.

“The community of international business and finance is expressing concerns that Ghana may be drifting to the tipping point of irredeemable corruption”

He said: “The community of international business and finance is expressing concerns that Ghana may be drifting to the tipping point of irredeemable corruption.

“Is there some salvation on the horizon? Not if you listen to the political class and the debate in the media. For them, corruption is not the issue.

“The issue is who is better at it, which party has been more corrupt. It tells us that we are in danger of coming to accept the inevitability of corruption as our way of life. And there is plenty of evidence that points in that direction.”

He stressed that the alarming level of corruption “is not something to trifle with. It is destroying business. It is undermining national governance. It is frustrating individuals. And it is eroding international confidence in our country.

“We must accept that it is part of the problems afflicting the economy today and while we ponder over policy options, we must cry out for some act of courage to tackle the scourge of corruption, not on the peripheries, but at the top,” Otumfuo Osei Tutu II stated.

Winners of the awards include;

Photojournalism Electronics Mark Sasu – GTV

Photojournalism Print Samuel Tei Adanu – Daily Guide

TV feature Narkwor Kwabla (TV3)

News Reporting (TV) Asante Fordwor – TV3

News Reporting Print Dzifa Emma Tetteh – Ghanaian Times
Electronic Reporting disability Kwetey Nartey – TV Africa

Reporting Disability (Print) Jamina Okaretsire

Science Reporting Rachel Quartey – GTV

Agric reporting Soyoko Kyere – GTV

Feature (Print) Maxwell Adombilla – Daily Graphic

Business Finance and Economics Kwetey Nartey – TV Africa

Human Rights Nelson Adanutey – Diamond FM

Investigative journalism Kwetey Nartey – TV Africa

Telecommunications Seth Dogbey, Kwesi Amprah Twum – Daily Graphic

SMEs Moses Aklorbotu – Daily Graphic

Education Reporting (Electronic) Isabella Owusu Oppong – GTV

Education Reporting (Print) Kofi Yeboah – Daily Graphic

Rural Reporting Seth Otoo

Online Journalism Nana Boakye-Yiadom – Citi FM

Arts and
Entertainment
Rebecca Armah – GTV

Water Reporting Kofi Yeboah

HIV/AIDS reporting Kwetey Nartey – TV Africa

Crime/Court Reporting Mabel Aku Baneseh – Graphic

Sports Reporting John Vigah – Ghanaian Times

Political Reporting Mabel Aku Baneseh – Graphic

Oil and Gas Maxwell Akalaral – Graphic