Three journalists from Kano state have received national awards for excelling intheir profession.
KANO TODAY reports that the three journalists are Abdulaziz Abdulaziz of the PREMIUM TIMES, Nasiru Salisu Zango of FREEDOM and DALA Radio stations in Kano, as well as Jaafar Jaafar of the DAILY NIGERIAN.
Abdulaziz Abdulaziz, an associate editor at PREMIUM TIMES won the Wole Soyinka award for investigative journalist of the year (online category) as well as investigative reporter of the year award.
Mr Abdulaziz won the award with a series of six reports which exposed the NYSC certificate forgery by the former finance minister, Kemi Adeosun.
The series led eventually to the resignation of the British born minister who held office with a fake NYSC exemption certificate.
Mr Abdulaziz, a Bayero University Kano graduate of English hails from Fagge local government area of Kano worked for the Leadership and Blueprint newspapers before joining PREMIUM TIMES.
Nasiru Salisu Zango, manager operations of DALA FM and presenter of FREEDOM FM’s popular Inda Ranka program receives an integrity award from the Youth Alive Foundation.
Mr Zango won the award for championing advocacy journalism and for his crusade against bribery and corruption in Kano.
The journalist, who is also a correspondent for DEUTSCHE WELLE Hausa service hails from Kano municipal local government and is a graduate of Mass Communications from Bayero University Kano.
Jaafar Jaafar, the Publisher/Editor-in-chief of DAILY NIGERIAN online newspaper also receives an Integrity award from the Youth Alive Foundation.
Mr Jaafar won the award for publishing a series of video clips exposing Kano state governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje stuffing dollars alleged to be bribes into his pocket.
The publisher has testified before the Kano state House of Assembly and has been sued by the governor for alleged defamation.
Jaafar Jaafar who hails from Fagge local government is a graduate of Mass Communications from Bayero University Kano.
He worked as a reporter with the DAILY TRUST newspaper and served as spokesperson to former Kano state governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso before establishing the DAILY NIGERIAN.
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