Winners Of 2024 Manufacturers Association Of Nigeria Media Award

Winners have emerged at the 2024 Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) Media Award ceremony held at MAN House, Ikeja, Lagos State on February 27, 2024.

Winners Of 2024 Manufacturers Association Of Nigeria Media Award

  • Television category: David Ubabudike
  • Radio category: Ebere Franklin
  • Online category: Ocheneyi Alli
  • Photo journalist category: Akeem Salau
  • Newspaper category: Edidiong Ikpoto of PUNCH newspaper

He defeated Taiwo Hassan of the New Telegraph who scored 86 points to secure second place in the Newspaper category.

Also, another PUNCH journalist, Damilola Olufemi, was shortlisted for the Online category of the award.

According to Edidiong Ikpoto:

“It is my first journalism award, and the first always feels special. It feels fulfilling to clinch a prize which is always keenly contested by the best and most experienced industry reporters.”

MAN described the award as an avenue “designed to celebrate journalists who excelled in their reportage within the previous year 2023”.

In his opening address, the President of MAN, Francis Meshioye, thanked journalists “for the good work you have done and continue to do in championing the advocacy mandate of MAN through your in-depth and insightful reportage.”

According to Francis Meshioye:

“Our country’s economy is in a dire state and our policymakers, more than ever before, need to be intentional about growing the manufacturing sector. There is no country considered as developed that does not give priority attention to the manufacturing sector.

There is no gainsaying the fact that manufacturing is pivotal to galvanising and sustaining the economic growth and development of Nigeria. The government needs to come to the realisation that a win for the manufacturing sector is a win
for the economy and by extension a better life for the citizenry.

Government and its agencies should deliberately abstain from taking harmful and inconsiderate policies that lack adequate inputs of key players that would be affected. Permit me to make reference to two of such instances.

The negative impact of these policies on the manufacturing industries affected as well as the huge number of workers whose jobs are on the line cannot be overemphasised. Additionally, it has become pertinent for government and the private sectors to work in tandem to revamp the ailing manufacturing sector, especially at this time, by exploring homegrown policy initiatives that will address are peculiar challenges.”

To improve the manufacturing sector in 2024, the association recommends: Expend cost saving from fuel subsidy to deploy a bouquet of production-focused policies, backed with more structural measures to combat the peculiar inflationary pressures from insecurity, energy and transport costs; overhaul the power sector and incentive investment in renewables to
boost electricity generation and promote energy-cost efficiency; amongst others.

It further urged governments to give priority to the patronage of made-in-Nigeria products in all its purchases and for all government contracts and projects.

“Government should mandatorily upscale patronage of made-in-Nigeria products by deliberately reducing the excessive reliance of the country on imported products. The three tiers of Government should enforce the implementation of Executive Order 003 in the same for their Ministries, Departments and Agencies”, it stated.

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