The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, commended Image Merchants Promotion Limited, publishers of PRNigeria, Economic Confidential, Tech Digest and other titles, for their focus on responsible journalism and of investigation based on facts, objectivity, fairness and balance.
Pantami spoke in his office in Abuja on Monday when he received a book written by two female writers from IMPR.
He specifically commended PRNigeria for setting up the news and public relations organization in a way that emphasizes journalism for national development.
He noted that PRNigeria’s fact-checking activities and well-researched security stories are some of the factors that have maintained Nigeria’s stability and security in recent years, adding that all stakeholders must continue to work together. to maintain the peace, stability and unity of the country.
Zeenat Sambo, Editor at Economic Confidential, contributed 20 articles, while Fom Gyem, Journalist at Tech Digest, also wrote 20 articles that made the new book: “Building a Safer Digital Economy in Nigeria: Musings of Young Female Writers ,” which the Minister received to applause.
Speaking about the authors, Pantami said he has great respect for those who can settle down to document history for future generations, adding, “Any history that has not been documented can be changed. .
“While congratulating these my sisters who have written another beautiful book, I must appreciate what your organization is doing for us and this country as a whole.
“I follow your stories very well. I see your fact-checking stories and your well-documented safety stories and this country must appreciate you for what you do.
Hailing the strong relationship between IMPR and the ministry, Pantami said he was determined to take the partnership to the next level not because of image laundering but because as a government official he must be transparent and accountable to the Nigerian people and one of the ways to do that is through strong engagement with the media.
Pantami recalled that a similar book, titled “Digital Innovation for Economic Prosperity in Nigeria”, by Inyene Ibanga had been presented to him around this time last year, adding that IMPR’s multidisciplinary approach deserved credit. to be greeted.
Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency, Mallam Abdullahi Kashifu Inuwa also praised the authors for putting the book together, adding that IMPR took NITDA to the world with an award in Tanzania followed. another appointment in Germany.
Speaking earlier, IMPR President Dr Sule Ya’u Sule told the minister that the presentation of the book was to celebrate his third anniversary in office, adding that since the book of the year last won the prize in Tanzania, this too is potentially award-winning literature.
Also speaking, PRNigeria Editor Mallam Yushau Shuaib recalled wistfully how the relationship with the minister began two years ago and how the ministry overwhelmingly supported the organization’s efforts to give back to society.
Shuaib pointed to the PRNigeria Center in Kano, which has been equipped with the latest digital tools by NITDA, and where at least more than 200 young people have been trained in ICTs and the digital economy.
He noted that the relationship with the ministry has also spawned Tech Digest, which is now one of the most trusted news sites on technology developments in the country.