Don’t be Overwhelmed despite Challenges,Gov Diri tells Journalists
Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has conferred the Distinguished Friend of the Media Award on Bayelsa State Governor Douye Diri.
The umbrella body of journalists in Nigeria described Diri as “a champion of press freedom in Nigeria’s governance space and one who has supported press freedom.”
The award plaque was presented by the NUJ President, Mr. Chris Isiguzo, at a ceremony held at the Ladi Kwali Conference Centre, Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Abuja as part of activities to mark the 2021 Press Freedom Day, a statement by his media aide, Daniel Alabrah, said on Thursday.
The governor, represented by the Chief of Staff, Government House, Chief Benson Agadaga, said he was elated to be considered for the award despite turning down several of such offers and letters since assuming office.
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He hailed the NUJ for the recognition and honour and praised journalists for their sacrifice despite the challenges they faced in doing their job.
“As the watchdog of the society and the fourth estate of the realm, the media is and remains an important vehicle in the development of any country and society.
“I urge the media to be conscious and guided by its unique and significant place in a democracy like Nigeria’s and continue to play that role courageously. It should not be overwhelmed by the challenges of the moment.”
He added that within months of assuming office, he had received several awards.
Other recipients include Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, who gave the awards’ lecture, represented by the Deputy House Leader, Peter Akpatason; Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation, Senator Jibrin Barau, who was chairman of the occasion; and the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mallam Mele Kyari.