The much anticipated inauguration of the 60th Anniversary launch of the foremost Communications University in Sub – Saharan Africa, the Ghana Institute of Journalism has been delayed following heavy downpour this morning.
The 60th Anniversary themed: “Celebrating Our Past, Inspiring Our Future” was scheduled to start at 10:00am on Friday, March 1, 2019 at the forecourt of the Institute but rains started just about the same time.
This led to guests, Alumni and students of the Institute and media men, who were already seated tand awaiting for the start of the program, take to their heels to seek for refuge in classrooms and corridors, nearby.
Rector of the Institute, Prof. Kwamena Kwansah – Aidoo, came out of his office to witness the extent of the impact of the rain, looking disturbed.
It is quite unfortunate the rains had to come down now, but we still will have to wait for management’s decision, but it will be great to have the event hold today” – a student, Shadrack Odame, who spoke to Ghanacrusader said this.
Meanwhile, preparations have resumed to get the place ready for the program to commence.
The outdooring of the anniversary will coincide the launch of a Digital Media Hub project and a GH₵ 100 million endowment fund. According to the Rector of the Institute, Prof. Kwamena Kwansah – Aidoo, “The purpose is to solicit funds and also to leverage earnings from the endowment fund to build an international Digital Media Hub and establish a global standard program that matches the best programs in journalism and communication education worldwide.”
The Ghana Institute of Journalism was established in October 1959 by Ghana’s first president, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah 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.
Initially a department of the Accra Technical Institute (now Accra Polytechnic), the school had as its first principal and journalism tutor, Mr. Richard McMillan, then retiring as Director of British Information Services in Ghana. In 1966, the school moved to the present site which used to house the Ghana Press Club.