The 2017 Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB) Nigeria Chapter Media award ceremony, which held on the 30th August 2017 at the Sheraton Hotels and Towers, Abuja, was to honour media practitioners and distinguished Nigerians who have contributed to raising awareness on biotechnology in Nigeria.
Prof. Turner Isoun, Nigeria’s former Minister of Science and Technology during this event said that Nigeria must give priority attention to the funding of research and development 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 their contributions to the nation’s GDP. He declared.
According to the OFAB Nigeria Coordinator, Dr Rose Gidado, the media is being celebrated as a result of their contribution to promoting the technology in Nigeria. It is giving honour to whom honour is due. The media has been our main ally since we set out to promote modern biotechnology in the country.
In addition, Dr. Tonnie Iredia, Former Director General, Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Presented a Keynote Address where he explained the role of the science reporting in Promoting National Development. A Panel of media practitioners and science reporters discussed on this keynote address, suggesting way forward for Science Reporting in Nigeria.
Mrs Omolara Afolayan of Television Continental (TVC) was the overall winner as well as the winner in the television category, Mallam Abdullah El-Kurube of Vanguard Newspaper emerged the winner in the print category and Ifeanyi Ugwoke was the winner in the radio category.
At the ceremony, former Nigeria President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo was honoured 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 honoured for their contribution to setting the necessary foundation for biotechnology in Nigeria.
Others honoured at the ceremony include Senator Emmanuel Bwacha, Rep. Mohammed Tahir Monguno, Rep. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta, Rep. Gbenga Makanguola, Arc. Kabiru Ibrahim and Prof. Bamdele Solomon, former Director General, National Biotechnology Development Agency.
The OFAB Nigeria Success Story can be found on this link: https://youtu.be/XHc6kxSnAtE