Journalists intimidation foils Societal Enlightenment- Bayelsa NUJ chairman Chairman, Bayelsa State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Comrade Samuel Numonengi has called for more support for journalists to enable them function more effectively. He said the incessant harassment and intimidation of journalists in the country was a major setback that should be nipped in the bud in order to allow for a free and enlightened society. Numonengi who stated this in Yenagoa, while inaugurating the Solalina Media chapel of the NUJ, said efforts to gag the press would always be an exercise in futility, “as the media in Nigeria has become more fortified to withstand any form of oppression and attacks.” He said: “The Press should be free. Some people allow themselves to be gagged. That’s the truth. While in some cases, in some areas, the government tends to want to control the Press. But as journalist, once you are professional and even the government knows that you carry out your duties effectively without bias, I think that way, it would be hard for them to gag you. That’s one thing I’ve come to understand. “Once we notice that a particular journalist or media house is being gagged and when we know they are professional in carrying out their duties, we would always come out to stand for them. “So, in Bayelsa, I want to say we are no longer experiencing that issue of media being gagged and I want to hail journalists in the city because I’m beginning to notice that most of them are professional in carrying out their duties”. The Bayelsa NUJ boss described poor remuneration and lack of adequate working tools as some of the challenges facing journalist in this part of the world. “Even government media houses still have the same issues not to talk about the private ones. Yes, there are some private ones who are doing better and tend to have more equipment but upon that, we still see journalist go out, maybe just with their phones, not with the correct tools that should be provided for them by their employers. “As for the salaries, yes, I will keep saying it; the take home is not good. I wonder how those working for the private media are coping. We even have some who are not able to pay their workers. So, we always keep calling on government to see the need for media workers, for journalist, to be given needed support, especially in the area of payment of their salaries and allowances. You’ll see someone just sitting in the office, because he’s working in an oil company, he just sits in his office, under the AC, signs some papers, when he gets tired he goes to their restaurant to rest a little, come back, sit and go. “But as journalist, we are always working, always thinking. BecaWuse the little time you said, let me just blank out a little, you will lose a lot. So you see us, even while relaxing, we are still working, we don’t have time to really rest and yet our take home is so small. While congratulating Solalina Media, he charged the executives of the chapel to be very professional in their job and maintain the highest of standards expected of them.
Effective PR Communication for Cultural Diversity Public relations bears the incredible responsibility of creating and nurturing relationships to strategically manage the intentional spread of information. PR affects public perception and opinion by increasing awareness of people, brands and organizations. As a result PR impacts, persuades and influences society as a whole. PR tactics that fail to consider or reflect diversity can erroneously produce a communications disconnect and ultimately cause failure. One of the first lessons of communications is to identify your target audience; however, a close second lesson is how to reach them. Diversity communications brings a third lesson: how underrepresented groups interpret information—including preference (e.g., tone and voice, outlet and even the messenger)— and how they’re shaped by social, political, economic, historic, racial, ethnic, and cultural frameworks. People want to be heard, seen, and feel as if a message was made with them in mind. It’s a lot to consider when crafting a message, especially in today’s charged climate, but crucial nonetheless. Why? More than half of U.S. consumers will be people of color by 2042. The country is on its way to becoming one of the most multicultural nations on the globe. As the world becomes more and more diverse, there is an immense need to understand the dynamics and sensitivities of race, history, traditions, culture, age, class, gender, sexuality, ability, ethnicity, socioeconomics, and identity. A business imperative Diversity communications is a business imperative as brands and companies can attest; the better you understand diverse consumers, the more profitable you’ll be. From a PR standpoint, diverse storytelling forms authentic connections and brand loyalty. Effective PR requires cultural competence, the ability to comprehend and successfully communicate with people across cultures to develop knowledge of customs and world views. Strong public relations enhances lines of communication, conveying an intimate understanding that messages were made with a diverse public in mind, acknowledging their needs. It’s a journey to increase proficiency in intercultural communication and information, honing the ability to improve awareness and perceptions—one’s own and others’. Diverse PR practices educate the public and positively impact society’s sensibilities. At the same time it builds on our own understanding of how to honor history and culture, to properly pay homage to rich traditions, confront and eliminate taboos, value differences and abilities, and respect the uniqueness of the world. Diverse PR practices have a niche capability of communicating with an increasingly complex stakeholder group. There is a great need for diverse teams to carefully craft messages for audiences that span a cross section of cultural and societal identities. Four steps I recommend four steps to support diversity communications. First, knowledge is power and a commitment to learning is integral. This can be achieved through a steadfast commitment to cultural competence and understanding of identification. Consume, share and elevate diverse news and stay in tune to credible publications that are dedicated to diversity storytelling. Second, identify your inclusive target audience: Who are you speaking to and why? Where are they? What do you want them to do and what’s the clear call to action? When do you need to see action? How do you want them to feel? How do you reach them? How do they like to consume information? Third, execute your campaigns with the goal of elevating and magnifying diverse stories. This is an organic extension of identifying an overall diversity objective with respect to cultures and perspectives. Diversity should be a fundamental part of your communications strategy and overall campaign. PR practitioners must develop and nourish competencies to support diversity with a goal of forging sustainable relationships. Campaigns that treat the diversity element as an afterthought or a check-the-box exercise versus a deliberate part of the comprehensive package risk making the same messaging mistakes as those that don’t add a diversity lens at all. And last but not least, representation significantly affects society. Lean into the aspect of PR that’s intentionally influential and use your power to highlight disparities that produce social inequities. When individuals do not see themselves reflected, the unspoken message is that they’re not welcome. For example, Serena and Venus Williams paved the way for Coco Gauff and Naomi Osaka. Shirley Chisholm led the way for Vice President Kamala Harris. Representation matters. Likewise, there’s an impact to hearing Serena Williams share stories of being verbally attacked based on her clothing choices, being wrongfully accused of cheating, and constantly being drug tested more than her international White peers. Her fellow Los Angeles native, the praised poet and cum laude Harvard University alumna Amanda Gorman, made history earlier this year as the youngest U.S. inaugural poet. Months after her historic feat, she tweeted that a security guard tailed her and stated she looked suspicious. She went on to share, “This is the reality of black girls: One day you’re called an icon, the next day, a threat.” Eliminating stigmas Communication has a critical role in helping to eliminate stigmas and misinterpretations about culture, gender, race, religion, age, military status, sexual orientation, physical and mental ability, and more. Effective communication fosters dynamic and impactful conversations and moreover supports necessary scrutiny to call out shortcomings and discriminatory practices. When I look across the PR industry, I’m saddened to see how long we have to go to truly reflect global diversity. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that PR is more than 83% White. Representation affects not only how people see themselves, but how others see “us.” It mirrors how we see and how we are seen. This is just one reason why I am proud to support The Diversity Action Alliance, a coalition of PR and communications leaders committed to accelerating progress in the achievement of meaningful and tangible results in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Additionally, an increasing number of DEI benchmark studies are being conducted to measure the current state of PR. There are platforms committed to fostering DEI in PR such as Hold The Press, which highlights demographic data publicly released by PR agencies. As a PR executive and longtime professor, I’m very aware of the clear link between public relations and education. I teach many international students at NYU and am often reminded about the need to tell diverse and equitable stories. PR’s duty is to teach the public and shape society by showcasing and supporting these stories. The future workforce has a genuine desire to understand the complexities of race and culture to foster better communications. I have had the honor of making history in the field of communications: being the first Black woman and youngest to lead marketing and communications at Barnard College of Columbia University; leading DEI communications at Comcast NBCUniversal; supporting the launch of NBC BLK, NBC OUT, and more; creating an award-winning DEI communications for CBS Corporation. But the greatest highlight and joy of my career is teaching PR, especially at this pivotal moment, because it means helping to shape and inspire a richer, more diverse world of stories.
Consultant, Speaker & Graduate Adjunct Professor at NYU.
Gov Otorm Speaks on Insecurity at NUJ Press Week Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, Thursday disclosed that over 10,000 Nigerian boys and girls are still being held by Boko Haram and indoctrinated with militant fundamentalism. He stated that the terror group had also killed over 30,000 Nigerians and displaced more than three million others The Governor who made this known in Makurdi during a virtual presentation as guest lecturer at the 2021 Press Week/Lecture organized by Nigeria Union of Journalists, Correspondents Chapel FCT Council, with the theme: Insecurity in Nigeria: Restoring Peace, Unity and Progress. The Governor stated that Boko Haram had been largely responsible for the insecurity in the North East geo-political zone for about a decade. According to him, “the terror franchise is responsible for killings, rape, public executions, bombings of public and private property, and places of worship, robbery and mass abductions. These include the abductions of the Chibok girls (2012); Damasak school children (2015) and the Dapchi girls (2018) including Leah Sharibu who is still in custody. “Reports indicate that Boko Haram is holding more than 10,000 boys and girls and continues to indoctrinate them into militant fundamentalism. “The group was responsible for the bombing of the UN building in Abuja and has killed more than 30,000 people and displaced more than three million people. The North East is still unstable and there does not seem to be any prospects of defeating Boko Haram soon.” Speaking further, the Governor observed that banditry, insurgency, armed Fulani herdsmen, abductions for ransom, cattle rustling and illegal gold mining activities had continued to drive the insecurity in the North West geo-political zone. “States that have been worst hit are Zamfara, Katsina and Kaduna. Boko Haram seems to be gradually coalescing with these militants in this axis for a final showdown with the Nigerian State. “Before the advent of Boko Haram, banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery, cultism and other violent crimes were being perpetrated in almost all parts of the country. But the influx of foreign armed herdsmen into the country has led to the escalation of these criminal activities. “The proliferation of arms has further compounded the situation in the country. In Benue State, we have enacted laws to prohibit kidnapping, cultism, terrorism and other violent crimes with very stiff penalties to serve as deterrent,” he added.
Industrialist counsels Media to adhere with professional Ethics media practitioners have been advised to deliver their duties in line with the ethics of their profession in spite of the myriad of problems facing the country. Chairman/Chief executive Officer (CEO) of Total Grace Group Dr. Henry Akinduro gave the task in Ibadan, after his investiture as the patron, Nigerian Union of Journalists, Oyo State chapter. Akinduro noted that insecurity, COVID-19 pandemic and the internal challenges within the media industry were making it difficult for journalists to discharge their duties without compromising. He said: “It is the responsibility of the leadership to protect the political, social, and economic interests of the citizens in the process of nation-building while journalism helps to remind those in authority of their obligations to the people, which include finding solutions to difficult problems, stabilising the polity and guiding the society to peace and prosperity. The NUJ Chairman, Ademola Babalola, described Akinduro as a bridge-builder and distinguished Nigerian, saying he is an unrepentant philanthropist. He said: “We have brought before you, a man so passionate about humanity; an unrepentant philanthropist, a workaholic, a trailblazer, a shining star, an honest, God-fearing, diligent, and wonderful personality and indeed a bridge builder and distinguished Nigerian.” “What most of our political office holders forget is that it is the responsibility of journalists to shape national conversation by providing insights on critical issues as they affect their various audiences. Majority of the people in government believe that the media serve only the interest of the opposition. “It is said in several quarters that Nigerian journalists are unpatriotic just for doing their job. For instance, the challenge of insecurity in our country today manifests on several fronts: from the activities of kidnappers and armed robbers to the violent encounters between farmers and pastoralists in many theatres across the country to the perennial settler-indigene sectarian violence. “To compound the situation, we now have the Boko Haram insurgency that threatens the corporate existence of our country. “Given such a state of affairs, it is our duty as journalists to report the reality even while promoting only issues that will aid the resolution of many of the crises that are now tearing apart the fabrics of our society. “But we can only do that effectively by reminding and challenging those in positions of authority of their onerous responsibilities to the people and many of our politicians do not always take kindly to that.”
Daily Independent Retracts, Apologises to Pantami on US terror Watchlist … MURIC, Other React to the Fake News The Daily Independent newspaper has retracted its story and apologised to Nigeria’s Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami over its Publication alleging that Mr. Pantami was placed on the terrorism watchlist of the United States Government. In a Facebook post on Tuesday, which was signed by its editor, the medium not that it has realised that the information contained in the story has not been verified to be true. “Our attention has been drawn to the story with the above title, published in the Sunday Independent newspaper of April 11, 2021. We have since realized that the information contained in the story has not been verified to be true. The Minister mentioned in the story, Alhaji Isa Ali Ibrahim, also known as Sheikh Pantami, is not known to be on American Terror Watch List, nor is he linked to terror organisations. We regret and sincerely apologise for the embarrassment our story has caused the Honourable Minister whom we hold in high regard,” Editor, Daily Independent wrote. Furthermore, checks on its website revealed that the medium has taken the story down from its Publications. This retraction has come after PRNigeria Published findings of its Investigation revealed that the Embassy of the United States of America in Abuja could not confirm the allegation levelled against the Minister by the Newspaper. Responding to a request for clarification over a media report linking the Minister to terrorism, the Public Affairs Section of the US Embassy could not provide any information but referred PRNigeria to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) which is the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States and its principal federal law enforcement agency. Further investigation via the official website of FBI, Mr. Pantami’s name was nowhere to be found in the list of Most Wanted Terrorists, Fugitives or other Criminals. The Nigerian Advocates for Digital Reporting (NADIR) has condemned as sensational and speculative media reports unleashed on the personality Pantami in what it described as a desperate attempt to stop him on his transformative tracks by linking him up to terrorist associations. Meanwhile, Muslims Rights Concern (MURIC) says a report linking Minister of Communications, Isa Pantami with terrorism is fake news. Prof. Ishaq Akintola, Director, MURIC said this in a statement in Abuja. “Our attention has been drawn to a trending report that Dr Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy is on the U.S. watch list for having links with terrorists. It is fake news. It is a lie from the pit of Jahannam. “It is a product of malice, envy and evil desire concocted in the laboratory of the notorious pull him down syndrome. It exists only in the imagination of the authors of the evil plan, It will not stand the test of authenticity,” he said. Akintola extolled the expertise and dedication of Pantami to his duties as minister and member of Federal Executive Council. “Pantami is an honest, diligent and uncommon Islamic scholar whose ability to combine his discipline with digital expertise has raised him above his peers and made him an indispensable asset to this country. It is only people with diseased minds, who do not want progress for Nigeria that can make such malicious yet false allegation against him. “We have been reading Pantami’s articles and watching his lecture videos long before he became minister, and on no occasion did he pour encomiums on terrorists or their aides. On the contrary, he always condemned violence and terrorism. Therefore, those who claim that he ‘spoke glowingly’ of associates of terrorist leaders are apostles of Lucifer and pathological liars,” Akintola said.
CCT replaces Spokesperson after Controversial Statement The spokesperson for the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Abuja, Mr Ibraheem Alhassan, has been replaced a few days after releasing a statement filled with grammatical blunders in defence of his boss, the Chairman, Justice Danladi Umar. Umar had publicly assaulted a security guard at the Banez Plaza in Abuja because the latter asked him to park his car appropriately. After Alhassan was heavily criticised over the statement, he described the release as an unedited draft that had not received authorisation. Confirming his recall by the Ministry of Information on Tuesday, Abdumalik Shaibu, Chief Registrar of the CCT, told TheCable that a replacement had already been sent to the tribunal. “It is true. He was posted to us from there in the first place,” he said. “I got the news that he has been recalled but there is no official letter yet from the ministry. “I was told there is an official letter but we are still waiting for it. A replacement came in last Friday, and Ibrahim came to introduce him to us. “We are hoping an official letter will come this week so that the new person can resume fully.” When asked if there is a fixed tenure for the position, Shaibu said he was unaware. “It is like a routine posting. They can post and recall at any time. Ibrahim has spent about seven years with us,” he said. “There is no fixed tenure. Or the ministry should know. We don’t know what the norm is in the ministry. We just see them.” Shaibu also said he didn’t know the reason(s) given for Alhassan’s recall. “Maybe if I see the letter which we are still expecting, the reasons might be stated,” he said. Alhassan’s error-ridden statement had read, “Our attention was drawn on a report from some online publication with a video cliff suggesting Hon chairman, Justice Danladi Y. Umar assaulted a security guard at Banex Plaza. “To start with, the said plaza has been his usual place of visits for the past 18 years for shopping and repairs of his phones, and in all these periods there have never been any time he had any turmoil with anybody,” Al-Hassan said. He continued, “Unfortunately, yesterday’s altercations started over a packing lot, which chairman met vacant and it was directly opposite a shop he want to make a purchase and to fixe his phone, when the young security guard sighted him, he ordered that chairman should not pack his car in that particular empty space, but chairman asked why, the security guard couldn’t convinced chairman, though chairman didn’t identify himself, because to him is needless and is a place he visited often, but the boy was rode in his approached and threaten to deal with chairman if he refuse to leave the scene. “Again, if chairman had went there to cause trouble or intimidate some one, as suggested in the report, he would have gone there in his full official paraphernalia, but he went there alone with his younger brother. “The police men seen in the video cliff were not the chairman’s police team, they were policemen operating around the plaza whom at first instance intervened before the arrival of police team from Maitama police station. “As the few policemen in the complex were apparently overwhelmed by the mobs, consisting of BIAFRAN boys throwing matches and shape object to his car, which led to deep cut and dislocation in one of his finger, causing damage to his car, smashing his windscreen. “At a point he attempted to leave the scene, these same miscreants, BIAFRAN boy ordered for the closure of the gate thereby assaulting him before the arrival of police team from Maitama police station. “An incident like this when it happened, sympathy usually goes to the low personalities. Though is unfortunate as I said, it ought not to have happened.”
UNILAG honours first Female Professor of Mass Comm at 50th Birthday From being the best graduating student to becoming a full fledge Professor, here is an account of 50-year life journey of Abigail Ogwezzy-Ndisika, third female professor of Mass Communication in the entire history of Nigeria + the roll call at her surprise-birthday event The Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, on Monday April 5, 2021, led other distinguished scholars and accomplished administrators across Nigeria to honour the first female Professor of Mass Communication in the history of the University, Abigail Ogwezzy-Ndisika, on her 50th birthday. Like Ogundipe, other guests at the surprise birthday, witnessed the launch of a Media Advocacy Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) where they, one after another, poured eulogies on the celebrant. 50 years in Pursuit of Excellence Her education: A foundation of Merit Professor Abigail Ogwezzy-Ndisika holds a B.A. in Linguistics, University of Port-Harcourt; PGD, MSc in Mass Communication, University of Lagos (Unilag), M.A. in Gender and Development, University of Sussex, England; and PhD in Communication Arts, University of Ibadan. Professor Ogwezzy-Ndisika started her career as an academic in the Department of Mass communication, University of Lagos on March 22, 2001 as a Lecturer II and rose to the rank of a Professor, on August 11, 2016. She is the first female Professor of the Department of Mass Communication, University of Lagos; at different times, she had served as the Head of this Department. Ogwezzy-Ndisika A British Chevening Scholar and an International Development Consultant, she was the best graduating student in Department of Linguistics, University of Port Harcourt. Furthermore, she has been external examiner and mentor to various universities both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She is an expert in Development Communication, and Public Relations and Advertising (PRAD); and her specialisation is gender studies.` Her Career: In Pursuit of Excellence Her work experience reveals versatility and covers so many areas of human endeavour. Indeed, she has an enviable track record of work experience, a sure reservoir to gain immensely from. Her training in Linguistics, Mass Communication, and Gender and Development equipped her with the conceptual, analytical and practical skills needed to deal with sundry issues. As an International Development Consultant, she has worked on multi-sector projects and with a number of international organisations across Nigeria. At present, she is a consultant on Social and Behavioural Change Communication (SBCC); Gender and Communication; Media and Communication; Public Relations (PR); Advertising; and Management. She also serves as an External Collaborator/Expert on projects. Prior to joining the services of UNILAG, she had worked as a corporate communication officer in a leading financial institution; worked with a television house as a news reporter and also worked in an advertising agency as a client service executive. So, she has industry experience in journalism, television broadcasting, public relations and advertising; and at present she engages in professional activities seamlessly. Ogwezzy-Ndisika She has been involved in various activities and programmes and acted either as a resource person, member of jury or chair of a panel for media and communication activities. Similarly, at various times she has been reviewer of several technical documents; chair, keynote/guest speaker, discussant and panellists at various fora; and producer of several development documentaries. So, apart from her primary assignments of research, training and community service since 2001 at the University of Lagos; she has been involved in media advocacy, researches, design and implementation of communication strategy & action plans, training (curriculum/module/manual development and facilitation of trainings), training of trainers, conceptualisation and development of technical papers; review of technical documents; development of information, communication and education (IEC) materials, monitoring and evaluation of development activities, documentation and knowledge management, communication, media and gender. She has been involved in multidisciplinary researches: she the lead researcher and coordinator of a pan-Nigeria Rapid Assessment, and also wrote the national analytical report on the study; and have produced several development documentaries. On strategy development, she has about two decades hands-on experience on strategy development and review on gender, media, communication and management. In addition, she is an experienced top-rated facilitator and have trained different participants on sundry corporate and development issues within and outside Nigeria. Again, since 2003, she has been a course facilitator and business development partner for a management consulting firm that offers Learning Solutions, Strategy and Advisory consulting, Risk and Talent Management consulting; and over the years, she has developed competences in business communication, project management, learning methodologies, leadership and management, and marketing communication. Ogwezzy-Ndisika The role call at Her 50th birthday event The role call at her 50 th birthday ceremony with strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols includes the Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe; Director of Academic Planning, UNILAG, Prof. L. O. Chukwu; Communication legend, Prof. Ralph Afolabi Akinfeleye; Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi; Justice Yomi Olukolu, PhD; Chair, Nigeria/Ag. Regional Chair & Regional Manager AML/CFT CSO Forum West Africa, Barrister Efe Anaughe and Mr. Tim Melaye, ECOWAS Office, Lagos. Others are Mr. Gbola Adiamoh, ECOWAS Office, Lagos; veteran journalist, Mr. Martins Oloja; Bishop Ossai; Pastor Kayode Sam Oluwafemi; and Mr. Babatunde Faustino. Her Scholarship She was a visiting scholar under the Erasmus+ staff mobility teaching programme at Birmingham City University (BCU), United Kingdom in April 2018; a recipient of ELF Petroleum Coy Ltd and British Chevening scholarship; laureate of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA); laureate of the African Association of Political Science, (AAPS)/Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation (HFGF); laureate of Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Washington, DC; and 1991 best graduating student in Department of Linguistics, University of Port Harcourt. She also won various research grants; and conference grants to attend Women Deliver 3rd Global Conference, at Kuala Lumpur in 2013; Women Deliver 2nd Global Conference at Washington, DC in 2010; and International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM), to attend a conference on forced migration at Pontifical Catholic University, Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2005. She also won the Future Creative Leaders Academy (FCLA) Best Teacher of the year in 2018, a competition, sponsored by the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON). In addition, she is a member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (MNIPR); Associate Registered Practitioner of Advertising (arpa); member, Network on Behavioural Research for Child Survival in Nigeria (NETBRECSIN); member, Association of Communication Scholars & Professionals of Nigeria (ACSPN); Association of Women in Development (AWID); Association for Promoting Nigerian Languages and Culture (APNILAC); and International Association for Mass Communication Research (IAMCR). She is also the Vice-Chairperson, Parents Teachers Association (PTA) of Saint Gregory’s College, Lagos. Also, she has presented several keynotes on gender; delivered many empowerment lectures to girls, women and youths in different fora (churches, schools and during special events); and written so many editorials on gender and social issues being a member of the editorial board of the defunct Compass newspaper and currently The Guardian, a leading national newspaper in Nigeria. Again, she is a member of the Editorial Boards of Journals of Media and Communication Studies; and an external examiner at the undergraduate and post graduate levels to various universities. Apart from being a keynote speaker at different fora, she has attended various local and international conferences; and she has research collaborators within and outside Unilag. She has published articles and books locally and internationally. In all her accomplishments, she has consistently demonstrated enviable hard work, ingenuity and a strong commitment to being the best in her assigned task. She has also demonstrated exceptional intellectual comportment, a good grasp of the fine features of scholarship and the value of consistent hard work. She has shown over time that she can meet every demand of diligence and excellence. She is a good academic, administrator, manager of resources, motivator, writer and personality. SELECT AWARDS/ HONOURS • Best Graduating Student, Department of Linguistics and Communication, University of Port Harcourt (University Convocation Merit Award), 1992 • Future Creative Leaders Academy (FCLA) Best Teacher of the year in 2018, a competition, sponsored by the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON). • Member, Superbrands Nigeria Council, Monday, February 17, 2020 – Till Present • Member, Board of Trustees, International Press Institute (IPI), Nigerian Chapter Wednesday, March 24, 2020 – Till Present • Vice-Chairperson, Parents Teachers Association (PTA) of Saint Gregory’s College, Lagos.
Benue NUJ sets July for New Election The Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Benue state Council is to conduct elections by July when the tenure of the current Executive Members would have expired. The Council is currently ruled by an Acting Chairman, Comrade Martins Kajoh who is the Vice-Chairman of the union. The Chairman of the Council, late Mrs. Victoria Ashe died last February and was buried in the first week of March, 2021. On Wednesday, April 7, 2021, the union held a state congress and set up a credentials committee that would conduct elections in the next three months. The five member credentials committee of Benue State Chapter of NUJ The five member credentials committee has Comrade Iorember Apuu of the state information chapel as chairman. Other members of the committee include David Vihi of Radio Benue, Tamenor Kwaghzer of Newsecho, Mr. James Shim of the Voice Newspaper and comrade Emmanuel Gwaza of the Radio Nigeria (Harvest FM) Makurdi as members. Speaking during the inauguration of the committee, the State Acting Chairman of the union, Martins Kajo charged them to come up with a time table that could lead to the conduct of free, fair and credible elections.
Senator Uba Sani bags NUJ award as Outstanding Senator The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has conferred on Senator Uba Sani (Kaduna Central) the award of ‘Outstanding Senator’ in the 9th National Assembly. NUJ also described the lawmaker as the most “media-friendly” in the Northwest. NUJ led by the National President, Comrade Chris Isiguzo, presented the award to the Senator at the Arewa House Kaduna on Saturday during the Roundtable Discussion on the effects of fake news on governance, organized by the 7 councils of the Union in the Northwest. While expressing delight over the award, which was the first of its kind in the history of the union’s Northwest Zone, the Senator said he was now challenged to redouble efforts in his legislative works. The Nigerian Bar Association, Kaduna State Chapter had also honored the Senator with “Icon of Change” award in December 2020 based on his sterling performance and philanthropy in Northern Nigeria. The award, according to NBA,was due to his deployment of huge resources to the economic empowerment of underprivileged people in his constituency. The NUJ award at the Northwest Roundtable in Kaduna was described by observers as an addition to the number of honors bestowed on the lawmaker, who reportedly has 18 bills to his credit in less than two years – with one of them being the first to be assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari – the BOFIA act. It would be recalled that the BOFIA Act was a replacement of a 34-year-old obsolete banking law that could not be amended after several attempts by the Senate in the past, until the lawmaker initiated the bill for its successful repeal in the year 2020. The NUJ also presented awards as a mark of appreciation to its former ex-officios’ so that they would sustain the union’s efforts towards entrenching professionalism. The Roundtable discussion was graced by the National President of the NUJ, Comrade Chris Isiguzo, National Secretary Shuaibu Usman Leman, Kaduna State Commissioner of police, among others dignitaries. /
We can’t Confirm Pantami on our Watchlist- US Embassy …. Refers PRNigeria to FBI With condemnations trailing the alleged linking of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Ibrahim Isa Pantami, to Boko Haram and other terrorist groups by a Nigerian newspaper, the Embassy of the United States of America in Abuja could not confirm the allegation. Responding to a request for clarification over a media report linking the Minister to terrorism, the Public Affairs Section of the US Embassy could not provide any information but referred PRNigeria to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) which is the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States and its principal federal law enforcement agency. In a short message to PRNigeria it states that “Thank you for your inquiry, however, we defer all press inquiries on Minister Pantami to the FBI” An unconfirmed report by Daily Independent claimed that the United States government allegedly placed Pantami on a watchlist for reported links with Boko Haram leaders without providing any source of the claim other than citing the “America’s Intelligence Service.” Further investigation via the official website of FBI, Mr. Pantami’s name was nowhere to be found in the list of Most Wanted Terrorists, Fugitives or other Criminals. Meanwhile, the Nigerian Advocates for Digital Reporting (NADIR) has condemned as sensational and speculative media reports unleashed on the personality of Nigeria’s Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami in what it described as a desperate attempt to stop him on his transformative tracks by linking him up to terrorist associations. The group which is an advocacy network for the promotion of Nigeria’s digital transformation and Media narratives towards creating awareness on Digital Economy opportunities says the development confirms the extent to which enemies of National growth and Development can go in order to stop the country from progressing. The group in a statement by its Coordinator Mohammed Dahiru Lawal noted that it is a known fact the terrorist groups like Boko Haram Haram has continuously threatened the life of the Minister for introducing policies that seek to frustrate terrorist activities through his Ministry arguing that it is therefore ironic for the same personality to be associated with terrorism. “First, the so-called report tried to establish a nexus between his alleged ties to terrorism and study in Saudi Arabia wherein Pantami studied in Nigeria, United Kingdom, and the United States of America, not Saudi Arabia. “While the report failed to mention the official US Institution that allegedly placed him on a ‘terrorist watchlist,’ or backs its claims with a credible, verifiable and identifiable source, it tried hard to associate him with Boko Haram’s founder, Mohammad Yusuf in an old video in which Pantami was actually debating against Yusuf’s ideology of forbidding western education,” the group said. It maintained that the Ministry of Communication was sleepy until Pantami took over and championed redesignation of the Ministry’s Name to include responsibilities for creating and formulating Policies for a sustainable Digital Economy for Nigeria which has achieved remarkable successes as reflected in the seventy-two pages compendium of achievements released to mark the one year of the Ministry’s existence. NADIR, therefore, urged Nigerians not to be gulled by rumours and flat out lies that are meant to distract attention from the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy laudable projects which is gradually placing the country on the path of glory. By PRNigeria