Sen. Aliyu Wamakko (APC/Sokoto North) has donated N500,000 to the Sokoto State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), to facilitate its activities.
Wammako announced the donation on Wednesday night in Sokoto, during a dinner and inauguration of the council’s almanac to mark the end of this year’s Press Week.
Represented by Malam Bashir Mani, his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, the former Sokoto governor urged newsmen to be patriotic in their reportage so as to promote societal development, peace and unity.
He urged them to uphold the ethics of their profession and expose negative tendencies capable of derailing national goals.
Malam Isa Shuni, the NUJ Chairman, in his remarks, commended the state government for funding the activities to mark the 2018 Press Week, and promised to reciprocate that kindness by effective coverage of its activities.
The District Head of Gagi, Alhaji Sani Jabbi, who was the chairman of the occasion, commended newsmen in the state for being upright in their reportage, and urged them to sustain such integrity.
Noting that the press was key to societal growth, he cautioned the newsmen against compromising the ethics of the profession.
The Commissioner of Information, Alhaji Isa Achida, who was represented by Alhaji Abu Shekara, Director-General, Sokoto State Media Corporation, lauded the cordial relationship between journalists and the state government.
He pledged constant support to the media practitioners in their goal of promoting peace, unity and economic prosperity.
Our correspondent reports that four people, including Shekara, received various awards for their contributions to the growth of journalism in the state.
Other awardees included Alhaji Ibrahim Gidado, former Information Commissioner, Alhaji Kabiru Umar, Manager, News, Rima Radio, Sokoto and Hajiya Rakiya Muhammad, Sokoto Bureau Chief, Daily Trust Newspapers.