The Center For Information Technology And Development (CITAD), has on Wednesday unveiled the 3 best winners of the Journalists Against Corruption Competition organized by the Center, for 20 journalists across the country.
The unveiling ceremony which held at the CITAD’s conference hall, was attended by journalists from various media organizations including the panelists.
Recalls that the Center on 25th May, 2022, organized a three days training for 20 selected journalists out of which 10 best reports were selected after sending proposals. However, 3 out of the 10 reports emerged winners in the competition.
Announcing the winners, Dr Samaila Suleman, Deputy Director Research and Documentation of the Aminu Kano Center for Research and Documentation, said the winners were carefully assessed by team of reputable judges who scored the participants based on their reports submitted.
“Rabiu Musa of Hotpen Online Newspaper came 1st with 75.0 scores, while Zahraddeen Yakubu Shuaibu of Daily Trust Newspaper clinched 2nd with 72.3 and lastly Ismail Auwal came 3rd with 62.0 points.
“This doesn’t mean that the last six people are not also celebrated, certainly no. The victory is yours all and keep doing your best as the sky is your limit. Congratulations to all of you,” he said.
Earlier before the announcement of the winners, Associate Professor form Faculty of Communication in Bayero University Kano (BUK), Sulaiman Yaradua deliverd a lecture with a theme; Reporting Corruption In Nigeria: Issues, Responsibilities and the Need for Collective Action.
During the lecture, Yaradua stressed the need for intense investigative journalism in the country so that corruption and other related issue could be addressed for rapid transformation in Nigeria.
He task journalists across the country to undergo courses and trainings that will make them conversant with processes of undertaking investigative reporting to save the country and future generations from effects of corruption.
Meanwhile, the third round of the competition will commence online, where members of the general public will vote for the best three reports out of the top six participants.