The Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Channels Media Group, Dr John Momoh, OON, has been recognised with the Media Icon Award at the maiden edition of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ)’s Milestone Recognition of Media Icons.
He received the award at a ceremony held in Lagos State on Thursday to honour media icons and seasoned journalists who have worked towards the growth of the nation’s media industry.
The event marked a milestone for the 67-year-old union and is expected to be held annually.
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According to the union, a 10-man committee inaugurated by the National Secretariat of the NUJ deemed it fit to honour Dr Momoh with the award for his cordial relationship with the media.
It added that the media entrepreneur had “recorded giant strides in curbing issues of rights violation across Nigeria”.
Other recipients were a veteran journalist and former Governor of Ogun State, Aremo Olusegun Osoba; Chairman/Publisher, Vanguard Newspapers, Prince Sam Amuka-Pemu; Engineer Raymond Dokpesi of DAAR Communications; Chairman of Arise Television, Mr Nduka Obaigbena; former Chairman of Lagos NUJ, Mrs Funke Fadugba; and Chairman of Blueprint Newspaper, Alhaji Mohammed Idris, among others.
In his remarks, NUJ’s National President, Mr Christopher Isiguzo, commended the awardees for having worked assiduously towards the growth of journalism over the years and towards promoting press freedom, one of the key drivers of democracy globally.
Osoba, who also served as the chairman of the event, recommended a database of practising Nigerian journalists.
“It’s about time the NUJ should open a website at which all of us. All of us must register as members under the control of the NUJ and anybody who is not registered on that website must not be recognised as a practising journalist,” he said.
Speaking on behalf of the awardees, Dokpesi noted that several journalists sacrificed with some giving their lives “in order to ensure that we still have a united Nigeria”.