OFAB Nigeria Recognizes Media for Effective Biotech ReportingSeptember 20, 2017
Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB) Nigeria Chapter held a media award ceremony on August 30, 2017, at the Sheraton Hotels and Towers, Abuja, Nigeria. The event honors media practitioners and distinguished Nigerians who have contributed to raising awareness on biotechnology in the country.
The Chief Guest, Prof. Turner Isoun, Nigeria's former Minister of Science and Technology, said that Nigeria must give priority to funding research and development in order to achieve accelerated development. "No nation can make progress without paying adequate attention to research and development, our position as Africa's largest economy can be consolidated with research and development. We paid attention to science and technology during our stay in office and ten years after we have started seeing its contribution to the nation's GDP," he said.
According to OFAB-Nigeria Coordinator, Dr. Rose Gidado, the media is being celebrated as a result of their contribution to promoting biotechnology in Nigeria. "It is important to give honor to whom honor is due. The media have been our main ally since we set out to promote modern biotechnology in the country," she added.
In his keynote address, Dr. Tonnie Iredia, former Director General, Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), explained the role of science reporting in promoting national development. The panel of media practitioners and science reporters also addressed and suggested ways to improve science reporting in Nigeria.
Winners were drawn from television, radio, and print. An over-all winner for best agri-biotech reporting was also recognized, along with other key personalities that have played a fundamental role in shaping the biotechnology landscape in Nigeria. Former Nigeria President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo was honored with the Grand Visionary Leadership award, while Prof. Turner Isoun, former Minister of Science and Technology and Prof. Ajayi Boroffice, Chairman, Senate Committee on Science and Technology, were honored for their contribution in setting the necessary foundation for biotechnology in Nigeria.
See more articles:
News from Around the World
- OFAB Nigeria Recognizes Media for Effective Biotech Reporting
- Uganda Harvests Another Successful GM Cassava Trial
- Purdue Researchers Identify New Soybean Gene to Fight Phytophthora
- Vietnam Encourages Use of GM Corn to Increase Productivity
- FSANZ Calls for Submission on GM Canola Application
- Brookes Presents Global Impact of Biotech Crops (1996-2015) to Indonesian Stakeholders
- Filipino Farmers Await Bt Eggplant Commercialization
- Gene from Wild Grapevine Involved in Powdery Mildew Response in Transgenic Grapevine
- MsmiR156 Promotes Root Development and Nitrogen Fixation Activity in Alfalfa
- Cry1Ac in Tomato Confers Resistance to Tomato Leaf Miner
Plant Breeding Innovations
- CRISPR-Cas9 Used to Analyze Cold Tolerance Related Transcription Factors in Rice
- CRISPR Scissors Utilized to Break Yield Barrier in Crops
Beyond Crop Biotech
- Scientists Sequence Apostasia Orchid Genome
- Increased Expression of FSH Decreases Fecundity in Transgenic Female Pigs
From the BICs
- Integrating Biotech Training in Uganda's Education System
Subscribe to CBU: