By Olaseni Durojaiye
As a further demonstration of its commitment to deepening and rewarding professionalism and excellence in journalism practice in the country, Nigerian Breweries Plc has announced an upward review for prize winnings and thematic thrust of the 2017 edition of the Golden Pen Awards.
The company stated that its commitment to continually honour journalists who abide by the finest ethics and highest standard of the profession aligns with the companyâ€™s corporate philosophy of winning with Nigeria.
Corporate Affairs Advise of the company, Kufre Ekanem, stated so while addressing newsmen to announce the flag-off of this yearâ€™s edition in Lagos. He also disclosed that over the last three years, the focus has been on the role of the media in setting agenda for the future of Nigeria with the theme, Education, Youth Empowerment and Talent Development.
â€˜The prize winning for the 9th Edition of the Golden Pen Awards has been reviewed upwards. The Nigerian Breweries Golden Pen Reporter of the Year will get a cash prize of N2 millionÂ plus a gift item, the first runner up will get N1 million while the 2nd runner up will go home with N750,000 .
â€œThe overall winner will receive N1 million plus a gift item while the first and second runners up will be rewarded with N750,000 and N500,000 respectively.
Ekanem also announced a review of the thematic thrust of the award.Â He stated that upon the completion of the three-year period focus on Education, Youth Empowerment and Talent Development, the company was directing the attention of the Nigerian media to the area of Agriculture, Local Sourcing and Industrial Development as the theme for the 9th Nigerian Breweries Golden Pen Award.
â€œYou will agree with me that the focus on Agriculture, Local Sourcing and Industrial Development is not only in tandem with the current push for economic recovery in the country, but also key to making our country achieve her full potential to become a selfâ€“reliant and developed country with a diversified economic base,â€ he said.