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Promasidor calls for entries for 2016 Quill Awards

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Promasidor Nigeria Limited, makers of Cowbell Milk, organisers of the prestigious Promasidor Quill Awards has said the stage is set for qualified journalists to submit their entries for the 2016 edition of the awards.
Speaking on Thursday at the Media Briefing held on the annual awards, Mr. Olivier Thiry, Managing Director, Promasidor Nigeria Limited said the company has started accepting applications from qualified journalists for the different categories of the Quill Awards.
His words: “It is my pleasure to inform you today that the stage is now set for you to submit your application for any of the Categories of the Quill Awards.”
Under the Quill Awards last year, applicants had the following categories to contest for: Education Reporter of the Year; Best CSR & Industry Report of the Year; Best Report on Children; Future Writer of the Year; Best Photo Story of the Year; Best Report on Nutrition and Brand Advocate of the Year.
Meanwhile, Thiry said the Best Report on Children and Best Report on Nutrition have been merged this year; while Promasidor introduced a new category, Online Reporter of the Year.
According to him, the new category was introduced due to the steady increase in the interest shown in the Quill Awards by journalists in Nigeria and the steady rise of new media. This brings the different categories of the Awards journalists can apply for during the 2015-2016 session to seven.
Also speaking at the Briefing, Mr. Andrew Enahoro Head, Legal/Public Relations, Promasidor; explained that in order to give equal access to all qualified journalists notwithstanding their locations in the country, Promasidor accepts applications online. He therefore advised prospective applicants to visit the link: https://quillawards.promasidor-ng.com to upload their entries.
He stated that only stories published between May 1st, 2015 and April 14th, 2016 are qualified for entry for the 2016 edition.
Enahoro advised prospective applicants to specify clearly the award category entered for when filling the online form. He emphasised that Awards for all categories will be based on Creativity, Accuracy of Facts, Educational Value, In-depth of Research and Analysis, Quality of Information and Newsworthiness.
“Again, all supporting documents attached to your entry must be presented in two formats – the scanned copy of the published article and Microsoft Word Document format of the original material. The first is to prove that it was published while the second is to enable legibility during assessment by judges”, he stated.
Enahoro explained that for each of the categories, there will be a prime winner. He added that winners from each of the categories with the exception of the winner of the Best Photo Story of the Year will be given iPads while the winner of the Best Photo Story of the Year will be gifted with a high-end camera. Winners will also receive supplies of Promasidor Products.
He also disclosed that the overall winner of all categories will proceed on a four-week certificate course in Journalism at the highly-acclaimed Thompson Foundation in the United Kingdom with a one week work placement in a prominent British news organisation.

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Just In: President Tinubu approves N70,000 minimum wage

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President Bola Tinubu has approved N70,000 as the new minimum wage for Nigerian workers with a promise to review the national minimum wage law every three years.

 

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Gov. Zulum Clarifies Son’s Purported Killing Of Chinese National At Indian Nightclub

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The Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, has denied reports alleging that one of the sons has been arrested and sentenced to prison for the murder of some Indian citizens.

Reports has it that there were unverified rumours, especially on social media platforms, alleging that the first son of the governor, Umar Zulum Umara, killed the Chinese national during a fight at an Indian nightclub.

However, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on New Media, Abdurrahman Ahmed Bundi, dismissed the reports in a statement on Wednesday.

According to him, no son of the governor was arrested or charged with any crime.

The statement read, “attention of the Borno State Governor’s Media Unit has been drawn to rumours circulating that the son of the Borno State Governor has been arrested for the alleged murder of some Indian citizens.

“This misinformation was published in an online blog, Nairaland, titled “Son of Borno State Governor Murders Someone In India—Politics.” The blog claimed that the Governor also travelled to India, attempting to use diplomatic status to resolve the matter.

“It is on record that Governor Babagana Zulum was on a one-month vacation in Saudi Arabia for the 2024 Hajj and later travelled to Egypt to attend the annual ASUWAN forum conference in Cairo.

“The Media Unit would like to clarify and set the record straight that Nairaland and other online blogs have mischievously spread defamatory content without any speck of truth.

“We hereby warned Nairaland and all those who have spread the false information to pull down this misinformation from its website and platforms within the next 24 hours and offer an unreserved apology to Governor Zulum, his son, and the entire family, or risk legal action. The Governor shall also not hesitate to take legal action against any media outlet that continues to publicise this defamatory information on its platform.

“We would like to inform the public that none of Governor’s Zulum’s son was either arrested or charged with any crime, or involved in any unlawful activities anywhere.

“We urge the public to exercise caution when consuming and sharing information, particularly when it comes from unverified sources and blogs instead of credible media outlets.

“We enjoin all media organisations to engage in responsible journalism of truth and factual verification while recognising the potential harm and psychological trauma the spread of false information might have caused to the Governor’s family.”

 

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Over 600,000 Nigerians sought asylum abroad under Buhari – Report

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Over 600,000 Nigerians filed for asylum in other countries between 2016 and 2023, which were years under the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari.

Buhari was President from 2015 to 2023 and handed over to President Bola Tinubu who was sworn in on May 29, 2023, after winning in the general elections the same year.

According to a report released on Wednesday, July 17, 2024, by Statisense, a data collection organisation, of a total of 664,384 in eight years, 355,792 persons sought asylum between 2016 and 2019 while 308,592 sought asylum between 2020 and 2023.

On a year-by-year basis, 66,862 sought asylum in 2016, 91,924 in 2017, 84,624 (2018), 112,382 (2019), 73,233 (2020), 83,105 (2021), 83,402 (2022), and 68,852 in 2023.

The figures indicate a surge from the past years, as Statisense noted that within 12 years – 2004 to 2015 – only 204,791 Nigerians filed for asylum in other countries.

In total, 869,175 Nigerians filed for asylum in the last 20 years, notably from 2004 to 2023.

The report was posted on the organisation’s X.com handle @StatiSense, citing the United Nations Refugee Agency.

In another report shared by the organisation on Wednesday, it was stated that the Republic of Niger topped countries with the most Nigerian refugees in 2023 with about 200,497 Nigerians and a total of 1,268,464 Nigerian refugees between 2015 and 2023.

Niger, a border country, shares proximity with Nigeria’s north, where residents battle a spate of insecurity in the region ranging from banditry, terrorism and herdsmen-farmers crisis.

Another report also revealed that Nigerians topped the list of African countries who sought asylum in Canada in 2023 with about 10,111 asylum seekers followed by Kenya with 1,345.  It stated that 1,345 Nigerians however sought asylum in the United Kingdom and 5,136 in the United States of America.

Source: The Punch

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