By JIDAUNA DARING
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Plateau State Council has presented an award of good humanitarian service to 6 people that were carefully selected from different organizations based on their track record of service to humanity.
SUNDAY STANDARD reports that the epoch making event took place at the NUJ dinner and award night which was part of activities to mark the 2019 Press Week of the union, held at Eliel Event Center, Gold and Base, Rayfirld, Jos, Thursday.
Our correspondent reports that the award recipient were; Alhaji Yusha’u Mohammed, Chairman NURTW, Plateau State; SP. Musa Hassan, DPO, Nasarawa Gwong Division and Jacob Pwakim, Executive Director, YIAVHA.
Other include; Mr. Irimiya Jonathan, Admin Officer NUJ; Mr. Sunday Patrick Arigu, Cleaner JUTH and Corporal Solomon Johnson, a Traffic Warden.
Earlier in her remarks, Chairperson Award Night, Mrs. Veronica Edward Pwajok who was represented by Fatima Pwajok commended the NUJ, Plateau State Council for organizing such a wonderful event for its members and other stakeholders in the state.
Mrs. Pwajok challenged journalists to be factual in their reportage, saying that they were the ones that the society always looks up to, especially in the area of information dissemination.
She encouraged journalists to also shift more of their attention to the grassroots instead of concentrating more of their coverage in the urban centres, saying that the voices of the people at grassroots should equally be heard in the media.
At the Dinner and Award Night, the NUJ Patron HRH Alhaji Dr. Mohammad Sambo Haruna, who is also Emir of Wase saluted the NUJ, Plateau State Council for maintaining the spirit of professionalism and congratulated all the awardees.
Dr. Haruna described the on-going project at the NUJ Secretariat as a welcome development and also laudable one, and equally appealed to spirited individuals who have the profession at heart in the state to support the project.
NUJ Chairman Plateau State, Mr. Paul Jatau and the Chairperson of the 2019 Press Week Mrs. Jennifer Yarima both appreciated all the invited guests and said that the awards presented were no doubt from the bottom of their hearts, saying that the award was going to be a continuous exercise by the Council.
Mr. Sunday Patrick Arigu who spoke on behalf of the awardees, thanked the NUJ Plateau State Council for finding them worthy for the award and prayed God to bless the entire members of the Union.