The Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology OFAB, Nigeria, has held its third edition of media awards and dinner in Abuja, Nigeria.
The award is aimed at recognizing and encouraging better reportage and support from the media in sensitizing the people on agricultural biotechnology.
Over the years, genetically modified organisms have been a confusing topic for farmers, consumers and some professionals in Nigeria.
In a bid to demystify the minds of the people and bring the importance of agricultural biotechnology to the growth of the sector and the country’s economy, OFAB-Nigeria reached out to the media.
The media has also been supportive in the quest for better understanding of agricultural biotechnology.
The country coordinator, OFAB-Nigeria, Dr. Rose Gidado said the award is aimed at recognizing talents and efforts of journalists in order to motivate them in their reportage of modern biotechnology.
She said the award is also a way of encouraging good behavior and inculcating healthy competition among individuals and organisations.
“Over the past few years, the media has been an ally in the communication of credible scientific facts surrounding Genetically Modified Organisms GMOs”, Dr Gidado said.
“They have worked with us in demystifying genetic modification technology and encouraging our people especially farmers, grassroots communities, civil society groups, law makers, judiciary and policy makers on the power as well as the efficacy of the technology”, she added.
Categories of awards
The awards were given in three categories namely; Best Television, Best Radio and Best Print media.
A freelance journalist based in Abuja, Abdullahi Tsanni won the best print and overall best award while the runner up was Juliana Agbo of the Nation Newspaper.
Other winners included a reporter with Channels Television for best TV and Pretty Ohejiakor of Africa Independent Television in the runner up category.
The award is celebrated annually across the seven OFAB host countries in Africa: Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Ghana, Uganda, Burkina Faso and Nigeria.
The overall winner, Abdullahi Tsanni will represent Nigeria at the continental level of the OFAB Africa awards coming up soon in Uganda.