The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has honoured the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) with the award of corporate friend of the media and conferred on the executive vice chairman of the commission friend of the media award.
The NUJ president, Abduwaheed Odusile who announced the recognition during the press freedom awards 2018, organized by the union in Abuja, said NCC was one of the corporate institutions that had helped and supported the media through human capacity development and patronage.
He said: “There are some corporate organizations that have actually supported the media to survive. We’re talking about press freedom in Nigeria today but the media that is at the forefront of press freedom needs to survive first. Media survive on patronage either from sales, adverts, commercials on radio and television and I think the NCC has been supporting the media strongly in that area. And for us at the NUJ, the NCC has been a big pillar of support for some of our programmes especially those geared towards enhancing press freedom. So, to this extent we believe that the NCC actually deserves this recognition that was given to it today.”
The NCC boss, Danbatta who expressed high regard and appreciation for the media said it had enormously helped the commission to publicize its activities and achievements.
“We believe in the media and assist in building the human capital in the media industry. All the things we have been doing wouldn’t have been recognized by public if there was no media. So, the media remains our partner in all we are doing even as it is trying to project the eight-point agenda with broadband penetration, consumer protection, encouraging investment in the country among other things,” he said.
Danbatta, represented by the head of public relations unit of the commission, Mr Reuben Muoka, said the commission believes it is media that projects all achievements about it, propagating it, making people to understand what IT and telecommunication represent in the country.
“We have received numerous awards internationally and locally because we are very open. You know the virtue of the NCC is about transparency, our transparency rings a bell, our way of collaborating and dialoguing with various sectors of the industry is as open as possible. We have also won a lot of awards through our website which has been recognized as very rich in information, educative and always updated. This means we’re very open to the public,” he stated.
He said the commission would maintain what it had been doing, which is being open to the public, giving journalists the right information, adding it would continue to educate and collaborate with the media.
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