The Niger State correspondent of LEADERSHIP newspapers, Abu Nmodu has been given award as the best correspondent in the state in 2012 even as the state governor, Dr Mu'azu Babngida Aliyu said that a transparent government would have nothing to hide from the media.
At the end of the year award night on Tuesday Abu Nmodu was given the best correspondent award for effective coverage of the state.
Also given award were the reporter of the state owned Radio Niger, Usman Aliyu and the reporter of state owned Newsline newspaper, Suleiman Yakubu for their various contributions to the coverage of the state.
The governor represented by the Secretary to the state Government, Mr Daniel Clifford Shashere said any government interested in democratic development needed not to shield the media from its activities.
He said that the media were partners in progress that set agenda for development at all spheres of governance saying that the media has done very well over time to discharge their social responsibilities.
He advised those given award to consider the award as a challenge to do more and continue to uphold the professional ethics that made their conduct worthy of the award given.
Also speaking, the commissioner of information, Alhaji Abdullhammeed Umar Danladi stated that the award was to encourage the media practitioners to continue to do their best for the over all development of the state.
The state Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) chairman, Ilyasu Garba represented by the secretary, Abdul Idris urged the state government to continue to pay attention to the state media organisations and congratulated the awardees.