Adeboye Ado, a correspondent with the fastest growing online newspaper in Nigeria, PROMPT NEWS ONLINE, has won the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Grassroots Reporter of the Year Award.
The Ondo State Council of the NUJ honoured the reporter with an award and a gift at its 2023 Press Week themed: “Place of the media in times of socio-economic predicaments & Ondo State Politic”, held in Akure, the state capital.
Speaking at the eye-catching event, the NUJ Chairman in the state, Prince Leke Adegbite, extolled the virtues of Journalists in the Sunshine State, stressing that none of the practitioners have been victims of unethical practices. from time immemorial.
“We choose this theme as it bothers on economy situation in the country, we would all agree that the economy situation in Nigeria is very hard on people, we as a media pratictioner and professionals should not join the bad waggon of lamenting, our responsibility is to recommend to Government on their roles and what they should do to reduce the suffering of the people and how they can reduce it”.
“This economic situation was caused by fuel subsidy removal and how can the Government redress this, we do not want fuel subsidy, but government should make Refinery work, our Refinery must work, if they are not working, people would continue to buy fuel at high price, we understand that the economy of this country lies thoroughly on crude oil, all business now involve Crude oil”.
Speaking further on Ondo politics, Adegbite applauded his colleagues for doing their job diligently.
“On Ondo State politics, we all know that it is a double barrel, the absence of Mr Governor, the impeachment process initiated against the deputy governor, and the forthcoming governorship election, I commend our colleagues because they have been fair to all parties, we have been practicing the way we were trained, despite the pressure from political class, we are doing our job properly.
“So far, we have no record of cases of our journalist be Arrested and charged to court, any of our colleagues have not been assassinated through their reports, under our watch, journalism practice in Ondo State has been very active”, the NUJ Chairman added.
Adegbite also commended the awardees to include —the State Head of Service, Pastor Kayode Ogundele; Commissioner for Finance, Wale Akinterinwa; the Vice Chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin University, Prof. Olugbenga Ige, for their firm support for the development of Ondo State.
In his response, Adeboye Ado who doubles as the Secretary of Federated Chapel of Ondo NUJ, said “this award holds a special place in my heart, and I am truly humbled to be acknowledged by such a reputable organization. I would like to extend my gratitude to the entire NUJ community for this meaningful gesture.”
“I dedicate this accolade to the memory of my late father, High Chief Adesegun Ado, whose unwavering support and guidance have been a constant source of inspiration. His legacy lives on in my commitment to journalism and the values he instilled in me.” READ ALSO:
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“I also want to express my appreciation for the dedication and hard work of the NUJ team in promoting excellence in journalism. Your commitment to upholding journalistic standards is truly commendable.”
“I am grateful for the support of my colleagues, mentors, and the entire journalism community. This award not only reflects my efforts but also the collective passion we share for the noble profession of journalism.”
“Once again, thank you for this honor. I am inspired to continue contributing to the field and uphold the principles that the NUJ represents.”