The Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB) Nigeria chapter has held the 3rd edition of its media awards and Dinner in Abuja Nigeria’s capital to recognize and encourage better reportage and support from the media in sensitizing the people on Agricultural Biotechnology.
Over the years in Nigeria, Genetically modified organisms has been a confusing topic for farmers, consumers and even some professionals.
This is because they probably don’t understand what it is really about as there are a lot of myth and misunderstanding and misconceptions surrounding it.
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 to the fore, OFAB-Nigeria reached out to the media.
And the media has been supportive in the quest for better understanding of Agricultural biotechnology.
Speaking at the event, the Country Coordinator, OFAB-Nigeria, Dr. Rose Gidado said the award is aimed at recognizing talents and efforts of journalist so as to motivate them to shine in their reportage of modern biotechnology.
She said the award is also a way of encouraging good behavior and inculcate a healthy a healthy competitive spirit among individuals and organisation.
Dr. Gidado noted that the media has been the Project’s ally in bringing facts about GMO’s to light.
“Over the past few years, the media has been an ally in the communication of credible scientific facts surrounding Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)”
“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”
The awards were given in three categories namely; Best TV, Best Radio and Best Print.
The award for Best Print and Overall best award went to Abdullahi Tsanni, a freelance journalist best in Abuja while the runner up for best print went to Juliana Agbo of Nations Newspaper.
The Award for best TV went to Channels reporter, while the runner up for TV went to Pretty Ohejiakor of AIT.
The award which is the 3rd of its kind is celebrated annually across the seven OFAB host countries in Africa namely, 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.