The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has bestowed on Senator Uba Sani (Kaduna Central) the award of ‘Outstanding Senator’ in the 9th National Assembly, describing the lawmaker as the most “media-friendly” in the North-west.
The lawmaker bagged the award during the roundtable discussion on the effects of fake news on governance, organised by seven of the North-west states in Arewa House at the weekend.
The lawmaker, who expressed delight over the award, which was the first of its kind in the history of the union’s North-west zone, said it was a challenge for him to redouble his legislative efforts.
The Nigerian Bar Association, Kaduna State Chapter had also honoured the senator with “Icon of Change” award on December 17, 2020 based on his sterling performance and philanthropy in Northern Nigeria.
The award, according to the respected body of lawyers, was due to Uba Sani’s deployment of huge resources to the economic empowerment of underprivileged people in his constituency.
The lawyers’ body, which has branches all over Nigeria, periodically honours people with proven records of achievements.
The NUJ award at the North-west roundtable in Kaduna has been described by observers as an addition to the number of honours bestowed on the lawmaker, who has 18 bills to his credit in less than two years – with one of them being the first to be assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari (BOFIA Act).
BOFIA is a replacement of a 34-year-old obsolete banking law that could not be amended after several attempts by the senate, until Uba Sani initiated the bill for its successful repeal in 2020.
The NUJ also gave out awards as a mark of appreciation to its former ex-officios’ struggle to sustain the tempo of the union’s efforts towards professionalism.
In attendance at the roundtable was the National President of the NUJ, Comrade Chris Isiguzo, National Secretary Shuaibu Usman Leman, Kaduna state commissioner of police, among a host of other dignitaries drawn from the private sector, civil society, other professionals and the political class.