Dr Frankie Asare-Donkoh, an alumnus of GIJ 1989 year group has called on the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) Administration to as a matter of urgency create an Alumni Office to steer the affairs of the Alumni activities.
He said: ‘’All great Universities now have Alumni offices; such offices are responsible for organising the alumni and so I will want to see the GIJ Administration as a matter of urgency establishing an alumni office’’.
He said all citadel of learning had their progressive developments undertaken and sustained by their own products.
Dr Asare-Donkoh made the call at the GIJ Homecoming Evening dubbed: ‘’Uniting Generations for GIJ’’, held at the premises of the University in Osu, on Friday.
The event spearheaded by the Public Affairs Office of GIJ, the Students Representative Council of the School and in collaboration with various Alumni year group representatives, was to mark the Pre-launch of the GIJ Alumni Association and to plan the School’s 60th anniversary come next year.
It brought together past students, current students and top notch personalities in the inky fraternity to create synergies for the growth and development of their alma mater.
Dr Asare-Donkoh, who is the Director of Advocacy and Programming at the Institute of Economic Affairs, commended the organisers for a spectacular event.
Colonel Eric Aggrey-Quarshie, an alumnus of the School and also the Director of Public Affairs of the Ghana Armed Forces in an interview with the Ghana News Agency called on current students to study hard to achieve their desired goals.
‘’If you are a student attach seriousness with whatever you are doing and that is what you carry to the field. They give group assignments then you think that you can stay away because you are many and others will do it.
‘’If you continue doing that, you go to the field and there are certain tasks that they give you, you have to do it with other people but because you are used to dodging, in the field you will be doing the same thing and it follow you but if you apply yourself to everything that you are taught, everything that you are supposed to do, when you go to the field, it comes naturally’’, he said.
Mr Ransford Tetteh, Ag Managing Director of Graphic Communications Group Limited called on all GIJ past students to endeavour to get involved in all alumni activities.
The Ghana Police Band thrilled the crowd with live band music performances.
The Ghana Institute of Journalism, formerly The Ghana School of Journalism, was officially opened on Monday, October 16 1959, by the then Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Mr Kofi Baako.
The school was established by the Kwame Nkrumah government to provide training in journalism toward the development of a patriotic cadre of journalists to play an active role in the emancipation of the African continent.
GIJ can boast of successful Broadcasters such as Kweku Sekyi- Addo, formerly of Ghana News Agency, Joy FM, BBC, Ghana Chamber of Telecom and currently the Board Chairman of the National Communications Authority, Award Winning and Internationally celebrated Investigative Journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, Mannaseh Azure Awuni, Aku Banasseh, Kate Addo, Affail Monney among others.