Abuja — The LEADERSHIP Newspapers Group Limited has been honoured with the Newspaper of the Year. The award ceremony took place at the New Chelsea Hotel, Abuja, on Friday.
The Nigerian Union of Journalists, Abuja Chapter, the body that gave the award, noted that it was in recognition of the outstanding role of LEADERSHIP.
Also honoured alongside LEADERSHIP was the governor of Niger State, Dr Babangida Aliyu, who came away with the Award of Excellence and Good Governance and Educational Emancipation.
Governor Danjuma Goje of Gombe State was honoured with the 2009 Award for Good Governance and Infrastructure. Governor Ibrahim Shekarau of Kano State clinched the award of Man of Opposition, 2009.
The 2009 Award of Excellence on Grassroots Mobilisation went to the Kogi State governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris.Speaking on behalf of the awardees, Governor Aliyu, who is also the Chairman, Northern Governors Forum (NGF), said that the award was to remind them of the work they had been called to do.
"We are all happy to be here today. The NUJ has reminded us to do more on the job we have been elected. No matter what people say, LEADERSHIP Newspapers have done the best and they are still doing the best. We expect them to do more. As politicians, we should have clean minds and perform over 80 percent of the projects and leave the rest to God.
"If our voters say that because of time we could not be able to perform, then, it is not an achievement."
Speaking further, Aliyu advised journalists to be up and doing by shunning all forms of ill-will and blackmail. "The writers should not write everything as an achievement. As a politician, I want to inspire other children so that they will know that there is hope. No matter your background, Nigerian children should know that if they are determined, they can make it.
"As governors, education should be our priority. We are ashamed of the recent results released by WAEC and NECO, and this trend should be condemned."
He, however, called on media owners to provide proper remuneration and insurance cover for journalists.
"We heard that some media houses, if they give you an identification card, then you should go and fend for yourself. This is what leads to blackmail. Since the newspaper is the primary source of research, the journalists should be well funded."
The Newspaper of The Year Award to LEADERSHIP was received on behalf of the media organisation by Mr. Abraham Nda-Isaiah, its Group Executive Director.
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