By Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye
Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Idiat Adebule, has congratulated the Chairman, Editorial Board of The Nation Newspapers, Mr. Sam Omatseye for his contributions to journalism in Nigeria.
Adebule spoke at the weekend during the second edition of the reunion and reception dinner for former staff of Concord Press organised by the Great Concord Press Family (CFN).
The CFN honoured Omatseye as well as former editors, reporters and staff of African Concord, Business Concord, Weekend Concord and Midweek Concord, all owned by the late Bashorun M. K. O. Abiola.
Aside from Omatseye, other recipients of various categories of awards included Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, the Managing Director, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mr. Bayo Onanuga.
Others were a former Special Assistant (Research) to the Delta State Governor, Mr Frank Igwebueze, publisher of Ovation magazine, Bashorun Dele Momodu
A special posthumous award was conferred on the Late Dele Giwa founder of NewsWatch magazine, who was murdered with a parcel bomb on October 19, 1986.
Adebule, who was represented by a director in the Deputy Governor’s office, Prince Kareem Dosunmu, congratulated the organisers for celebrating members that had distinguished themselves in various walks of life.
She added: “The time is now appropriate for those of you who are successful and well to do to give back to the society and perhaps consider initiating a Trust/Welfare Fund to take care of these indigent members.”
Omatseye described his delight at the honour and urged the organisers to broaden the scope of subsequent reunions.
He said: “I feel honoured. I left the paper in 1997, so, for me to be given this award 19 years later, it’s quite an honour. It’s also an opportunity to meet with people one has not met for many years; there’s this sense of gregarious joy.”