Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Center, CISLAC and Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria, ERA/FoEN, weekend, announced Vanguard’s Industry Correspondent, Franklin Alli and five other journalists winners in the second round of the Tobacco Control Investigative Journalism Fellowship which is funded by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, CTFK.
The five other journalists are Nkoli Omoudu of Africa Independent Television; Ndubuisi Ozilo of Metro FM Lagos; Chinyere Joy Opia of Hot FM Abuja; Chizoba Nwobu of Newswatch Magazine and Dayo Aiyetan of International Center for Investigative Reporting.
In a statement issued jointly in Lagos, ERA/FoEN and CISLAC said that the Fellowship is to build the capacity of the Nigerian media to report tobacco control from an informed perspective and stimulate policies and actions to reduce tobacco use and its deadly toll.
Like the previous exercise, entries from the successful journalists in the second round were picked after a rigorous screening process by a panel of veteran journalists,” said the statement.
“We congratulate the successful journalists and repeat again that this initiative is a turning point in investigative journalism in Nigeria,” said ERA/FoEN Director, Corporate Accountability & Administration, Akinbode Oluwafemi.
Executive Director of CISLAC, Auwal Rafsanjani, also said: “Like the first round, we applaud this feat by journalists who have expressed their determination to go beyond the surface activities of the tobacco corporations to digging out what they have consistently hidden from the public. This is indeed commendable.”
Meanwhile, Franklin Alli’s ‘Smoking prevalence and the National Tobacco Control Bill’ topped the entry, followed by Nkoli Omoudu’s ‘Delayed Passage of the National Tobacco Control Bill and Its Impact on the Health of Nigerians’, among others.