Radio Nigeria Science and Technology Correspondent Rabi Momoh has emerged the overall winner in the Radio category of the 4th edition of the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology, OFAB Nigeria Media award.
Rabi Momoh who has been on the beat for over five years has produced several reports among which ‘’the need to revamp cotton production through improved biotechnology’’ won her the award.
At the event, the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonaya Onu told Journalists to be more vast and factual in their reportage of Agricultural Biotechnology for National Development.
Dr. Onu who linked nation building to development journalism urged journalists not to rest on their oars.
The Country Director OFAB Nigeria, Dr. Rose Gidado while Congratulating the Awardees explained that in the last four years OFAB had continued to recognize outstanding journalists from its operating countries of Kenya, Uganda , Tanzania, Ethiopia, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Nigeria for their coverage of Agricultural Biotechnology and its benefits to the society.
Dr. Rose Gidado appreciated the contributions of journalists in ensuring that issues of Agricultural Biotechnology received appropriate media coverage despite the ravaging effect of Covid 19.
‘’I wish to say that the Covid-19 lock down did not ’lock’ OFAB Nigeria out completely during the period, as we were able to initiate ideas that ensured we kept pace with our activities and Stakeholders’’
She appreciated their partners and called on Nigerians to join hands with OFAB in its efforts to deploy Science and Technology towards transforming Agriculture on the continent and Nigeria in particular.
Also,the Director General National Biosafety Management Agency Dr. Rufus Ebegba urged Journalists to avoid fake News especially on Genetically Modified Orgainsm.
Earlier, the Director General Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria FRCN, Dr Mansur Liman, represented by a Deputy Director News of the Corporation, Mr. Olufemi Fulani who described the Reporter Rabi Momoh as one of the best in the News Directorate urged her and the other Awardees to keep up the good work by putting more efforts in the discharge of their duties as watch dog of the society.