Lead Magazine Honours Aare Onakakanfo, Gani Adams
***Names Him Man of the Year at Maiden Investiture
By RAZAQ BAMIDELE
Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Abiodun Ige Adams, Thursday in Lagos was named: “Man of the year”, at the maiden investiture of the Lead Magazine.
The event, which held at the Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industry and Exhibition Centre,(LCCI), Alausa,Ikeja, Lagos, had in attendance, prominent personalities, including Former Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Jokotola Pelumi, former Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Professor Bamidele Badejo, Chairman, Lagos State chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Dr Quasim Akinreti and former Political Editor of The Sun Newspaper, Alhaji Razaq Bamidele among other prominent guests.
Adams, who doubles as the Chairman of the event, spoke about the role of the media in restoring Nigerian’s hope, especially, during the long years of the military, during which the media served as the mirror of the society, adding that the media has been wonderful to him, especially, in its reportage.
“Let me appreciate the publisher of the Magazine, Mr Abayomi Ajibola, who, I describe as a long runner. Despite the harsh economic situation, he was determined. And against all odds, he goes into publishing. This is no mean feat. More importantly, I want to use this opportunity to urge all our brothers and sisters in the media to be committed to its natural role as the fourth estate of the realm,” Adams appealed.
He spoke about the award, saying it is a big honour for him to be counted as a worthy recipient of the Lead Magazine Man of the Year Award.
Rt. Hon. Pelumi, in his speech, applauded the courage of the publisher, saying the magazine has the potentials to make it in the market. He advised the management of the Lead magazine to extend the scope of its reportage beyond Maritime sector.
“I am with a strong belief that the new medium will go places. The Lead Magazine has all it takes to excel in the industry given the experience and exposure of the publisher and the team”.
Lead Speaker, Prof. Bamidele Badejo, flayed the media, especially, on the role of media in national development, adding that the wheel driving the economy of every country is transportation.
“I want to be frank in my speech. I am particularly interested in the role of the Media. Everyday in Nigeria, the media report politics and sports. And if I may as: How many times have you reported climate change, health and the transport sector, which remains the best that could be harnessed for national growth and development. The maritime sector is bigger than the oil and gas. But we have nothing to show for it.
“Water is everlasting. For example, 28 states of the Federation can be accessed through the waterways. From Lagos to Port Harcourt, it is three hours on the waterways, but on the road, you spend eleven hours. We inherited the railway from the colonialists, but sadly, up till today, we have not improved on the one we inherited.
“On this note, I want you to pull yourselves together, pick up issues that solve national problems. We need to do a lot, if indeed, we want to help Nigeria and the generations yet unborn. The media must change its reportage. Please change your orientation. Transport is life. It plays a significant role in the efficient running of modern society.
“We can easily develop our transport infrastructure. Our transport system is nothing to write home about. But in truth, developing our transportation is key, mobility enhances prosperity and immobility perpetuates poverty, “he submitted.
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