The Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) in Lagos State, has named and decorated the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. (Hon) Mudashiru Obasa, as Grand Patron.
The honour was bestowed on the Speaker on Tuesday by a delegation from the Lagos branch of the body led by its Chairperson, Adeola Akinwunmi Ekine, as part of this year’s International Women’s Day celebration.
Adeola noted that the association with over 500 members had followed the activities of the House over time, particularly as it relates with protection of the female gender in Lagos.
According to her, the association is happy that the House had constantly spoken and legislated against domestic and gender-based violence as well considered a bill to curb the incidences of rape.
Apart from these, the Chairperson noted that Obasa brought pride to Lagos with the successes he achieved as the Chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures in Nigeria.
She also commended the House for the ensuring live broadcast of Plenary activities saying this had eased the process of gathering and writing the State Assembly stories.
While pledging the support of the association for the Speaker and his activities, Adeola noted that NAWOJ under her leadership in the State had plans to touch the lives of residents and attract young people to take interest in the journalism profession especially the female.
Commending the association for honouring him, Obasa described journalism as a respected profession across Nigeria and the world.
He, however, said there was a need for the professionals to self-regulate themselves as well as create a system to sanction fake journalists and carriers of fake news among them.
“It is very important. When you look at the Nigeria Bar Association as a body, there are internal mechanisms where members who err are dealt with,” he said.
Noting that there are fakes in other professions too, Obasa, who said he had been a victim of blackmail by some fake media practitioners, argued that sanitising the journalism profession would save the genuine media organisations and the true journalists from issues of trust from the public.