By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna.
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State has been picked as the patron of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, (NUJ), for states in the North Central zone.
Governor Sani Bello beat his counterparts from Nasarawa, Kogi and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja to emerge top on the list of governors in the zone.
A statement from the NUJ’s Vice President for the North Central zone, Wilson Bako said governor Sani Bello was picked as patron of the NUJ after a careful screening and study of the achievements of all the state governors in the zone by “an independent committee of the NUJ set up by the leadership of the union.”
The statement said the Niger state governor got the slot after a study of his activities, his contributions to the development of journalism profession, his friendly disposition to journalists and to media houses in the state.
The statement disclosed that the award would be officially conferred on governor Sani Bello on the first of next month during an elaborate ceremony to be held in Minna, the Niger state capital where he would be decorated with the insignia of the patronship of the union.
The ceremony is being bankrolled by the state government and all national officials of the union in the zone have been asked to attend the conferement ceremony.
The statement informed that befitting accommodation for the officials have been secured ahead of the award ceremony date just as it enjoined states’ executive officers who are expected to grace the award ceremony to be at hand for the colourful event.
The Zonal Vice President of the union in the statement, congratulated governor Sani Bello on his selection as patron of the NUJ in the zone.
The statement further disclosed that all officials of the union were expected to arrive in Minna on 30th April ahead of the date for the award ceremony.
The delegates to the ceremony are billed to undertake facility tour of the state’s owned media houses and some of the governor’s key projects in parts of the state.