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.
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