CITAD Awards Journalists Against Accountability Winners
In it’s continued efforts to encourage investigative journalism, Center For Information Technology and Development (CITAD) has presented gifts to three journalists for emerging the best out of ten that received it’s investigative journalism grants.
CITAD reiterated commitment to supporting investigative journalism to ensure accountability in both public and private sectors.
It could be recall that, in May last year the center organised training for 20 journalists, and they all submitted proposal but only ten were able to scale through screening by a team of judges and received the grants.
Coordinating officer of the competition, Journalists Against Corruption, Buhari Abba said, the Center has been working with journalists to ensure transparency and accountability in the public sector.
He said, Investigating corrupt practices both in public and private establishments by journalists will improve quality of life, especially in the vulnerable communities that don’t have voice to fight the menace of the system.
”Recalls that on 25th May, 2022, CITAD organized a three days training for 20 selected journalists. The 20 selected journalists submitted proposals and undergo various investigations, after which a review was conducted by a team of Judges where 10 Journalists successfully emerged as the recipient of the grant.”
Abba also said, the competition was organised by CITAD with support from MacArthur Foundation.
”The sub-grant is an encouragement to improve the capacity of journalists to investigate and report corrupt practices at the grassroots level through a competitive process as a way of holding public officials to account.
”After Selecting best six reports out of ten, CITAD uplaoded six reports at social media platforms for public voting. After two weeks of public voting, these reports of journalists emerged winners”
The journalists are, Ismail Auwal Garba of Sahelian Times, Anibe Idajili of The Cable and
Rabiu Musa of HotPen.
Isma’il Auwal Garba of Sahelian Times emerged overall winner With Laptop, Anibe Idajili of thecable as 2nd position with Desktop Computer and Rabi’u Musa third position with Television set.
Speaking on behalf of the awardees, Rabi’u Musa of the Hot Pen expressed joy for making the list of the best three, urging his colleagues in the media to embark on investigative reporting.