- Be Unique,Customs Boss Tells Women JournalistsBy Gina EmmanuelThe Tincan island Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Yusuf Bashar has urged women journalists in the country to practice journalism differently from their male counterparts.
According to him, their importance would only be felt in the society through their reportorial assignments, status as women and mothers would shake off doubts in the profession.
Bashar made these statements when the National body of the Nigerian Association of Women Journalists,NAWOJ led by the President, Mrs Ifenyiwa Omowole visited him and his officers at the command on Wednesday.
The Comptroller, who is also a prince from Birnin Kebbi (Kebbi is the capital city of Kebbi State and headquarters of the Gwandu Emirate) noted that the society would appreciate women journalists more, only if they bring back the glamour and beauty of journalism.
Said he: “I will urge you to do something different and better than the men. One thing that I have observed is the fact that women’s reportage are more concise”.
Bashar, however advised that women should not look for preference but equality to move to the next level, saying, “As officers, we don’t appreciate gender but the only two things that we value are character and competence. And that is why women journalists should think about training and re-training of their own. The command will support your cause and help Nawoj with training. At our ICT centre, we have a capacity for 30 people and we would give it at no cost”.
Nawoj President, Mrs Ifeyinwa Omowole on her part applauded the CAC for deeming it fit to include six female officers as customs management, which is a first as well as the revenue generation that helped to pay government workers.
She however,appealed to him to allow his female officers in the public relations department become members of Nawoj.
Said she: “Thank you for adding value to the nation.We are asking you to talk to your media executives on how to court journalists and use the media maximally.
“On our part,we are trying to do something differently and we are encouraged by your kind words to do better by being accountable as professionals”.
Those in attendance include DC Festus Okun,Asycuda Project Manager, DSC Uche Ujesieme, Public Relations Officer,Officer Yinka,Assistant PRO, Mrs Tosin Odusola, National Executive,Mrs Stella Sawyer, Registrar Nigerian Institute of Public Relations,Ms Ifejola Otun,Secretary, Lagos Nawoj and Erelu Olabisi Olaleye,Vice Chairman, Lagos Nawoj.