Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Anambra-born business tycoon, Chief Godwin Agbasimelo, says journalists have helped to build a virile and stronger Nigeria even in the face of harsh economic realities.
Agbasimelo stressed that the role of journalists in nation building could not be compromised because he described journalists as watch-dogs of the society and as checks and balances on government policies and programmes.
Agbasimelo, who spoke with journalists through his personal assistant Mr. Chukwudi Odimegwu at ASUU secretariat shortly after receiving an award for youth empowerment excellence during the silver jubilee celebration of the Department of Mass Communication Nnamdi Azikiwe University at the weekend, noted that Chief Godwin Agbasimelo has been a chief proponent of freedom of speech amongst youths across the country.
Agbasimelo explained that he has made and still making efforts to galvanise youths through laudable life-changing intervention programmes intended to make them entrepreneurs and employers of labour in their respective skills.
According to him, studying journalism in Nigeria was not a tea party and that considering the challenges journalists face everyday in the line of duty, one could say that journalists in Nigeria have been so brave in trying to inform the public of happenings around them.
He also said that trying to silence journalists in the country meant silencing the voice of the masses, stressing that journalists have helped in making Nigerians know and really understand the goings-on around them and it is a plus for members of the fourth estate in Nigeria.