The Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Alhassan Ado Doguwa on Friday tasked journalists on the need to use their profession in promoting good virtues, national unity and security.
Doguwa spoke while receiving the Award for Legislative Excellence bestowed on him by the Kano Correspondents’ Chapel, Nigeria Union of journalists (NUJ) during its 3rd Edition of the annual Award Nite/Almanac Launching held at Tahir Guest Palace, Kano.
The House Leader who is recalled his days as a trained journalist, described journalism and journalists as pacesetters and “teachers” who members of the society look up to in molding opinion in crucial matters that affect the people and the nation.
The lawmaker who launched the Chapel’s 2022 Almanac with the sum of N5 million, however, hailed the organizers of the events, but added that there was need to use such occasions to attract notable leaders in the country to discuss the way forward for the nation.
According to him, in as much as the government in power is doing all it can to salvage the country, journalists through annual lectures and symposia can even do better towards promoting national unity, security and socio-economic development.
Others who launched the Almanac include, Dr. Sule Yau Sule, Bayero University, Kano (BUK) lecturer and Media Manager to former Governor of Kano state, Senator Ibrahim Shekarau, Barrister Inuwa Waya (N500, 000), Suleiman Abdulraman Kawu Sumaila (N500, 000), Managing Director of Kano Road Traffic Agency N200, 000, representative of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, Commissioner of Special Duties, Mukhtar Ishaq Yakasai who announced the donation of N1 million on behalf of Kano state government.
Dr. Sule Ya’u Sule also launched the Almanac on behalf of Senator Shekarau with the sum of N100, 000.
Among those who received award include Inuwa Waya, Danagundi, Kawu Sumaila, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Deputy gubernatorial candidate in 2019 elections and stanch member of the Kwankwasiyya Movement, Comrade Aminu Abdulsalam, Honourable Nasir Ali Ahmed representing Nasarawa Federal Constituency, and the Kano state Command of the Department of State Service (DSS).
The Kano state Commissioner of Information, Malam Muhammad Garbage who spoke through the Director of Information at the Ministry, Inuwa Yakasai, appreciated working journalists in the state for upholding professionalism in the discharge of their duties, even though he regretted the attitude of few elements who overlook the virtues of the noble profession.
The former National President of NUJ, however, promised that the administration of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje will always support journalists in the discharge of their duties and ensure that no journalist is victimized or attacked in the cause of discharging his or her constitutional duties.
The Commissioner, however, appealed to journalists in the state to always conduct themselves in professional manners and uphold the ethics of the noble profession at all times.
The chairman of Kano NUJ Correspondents’ Chapel, Comrade Ibrahim Garba Shauibu in his welcome address said, “the 3rd Edition of Award Nice/Almanac Launching of Kano NUJ Correspondents’ Chapel was instituted by the gentlemen of the press under this great Chapel to honor outstanding personalities that have excelled in their chosen field of endeavor in other to encourage citizens on communal partnership.”
He added that, “for the first time, the Kano state Command of the Department of State Security (DSS), has also been penciled down to receive institutional awards for its professional conduct in maintaining internal security in the state.”
The chairman who congratulated all the awardees urged them to see the honor bestowed on them not only as an encouragement, but a challenge to do even more in bettering the lots of Nigerians and the nation through their various endeavors.