The spokesman of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr Ndu Ughamadu (MFR), has bagged the Nigerian Association of Energy Correspondents’ (NAEC) Excellence Award.
The award, which is in recognition of the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division (GPAD) of the NNPC’s immense contribution to energy reporting and the journalism profession, was bestowed on him at the 2019 edition of NAEC Annual Conference and Awards which held in Lagos recently.
Commenting on the award, NAEC Chairman, Mr Olatunde Dododanwa, said the contributions of Ughamadu to energy reporting in Nigeria was invaluable and remained indelible in the hearts of its members, stakeholders, oil and gas practitioners and students who relied on his in-depth analysis of industry issues to make an informed decision.
‘‘As a founding member of NAEC, he toiled day and night with other like minds to ensure that the association garnered the respect of operators. Even after several years of moving on to the private and public sector, he remained committed to the ideals of the association through constant support, advice and admonition to the younger generation of energy reporters,” he said.
He lauded the mentorship trait and the leadership quality of the NNPC spokesman, which, he said, served as an encouragement to the younger generation of reporters.
In his acceptance speech, Ughamadu thanked NAEC for counting him worthy of the award, saying it was least expected.
He charged energy reporters to commit to the ethics of journalism as a profession, saying as the fourth estate of the realm, they should strive to achieve excellence at all times through a fair and balanced reportage of industry issues.
Ughamadu is a Fellow, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, Fellow, Nigerian Guild of Editors, holds a BSc (Economics); MSc (Economics); Post Graduate Degree in Mass Communications, LLB, all from the University of Lagos; BL, Nigerian Law School; Certificate in Petroleum Studies, University of Ibadan; Certificate in Capital Market Reporting (Nigerian Stock Exchange) and an MBA in Public Relations & Advertising, among others.
Ughamadu, resigned his lucrative job as Economic Analyst in an international company, Management Group International (MGI), to join the newly created Economic News unit of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in 1983. In 1984, the then General Manager of the Daily Times Publications, Prince Tony Momoh (who later became Information Minister), “poached” Ughamadu from NAN to be a specialized journalist in the Daily Times Group with emphasis on economy and energy reporting.
In the Times Group, Ughamadu was at various times, Energy Correspondent, Group Energy Editor, Group Business Editor, Editor, Business Times, Daily Times Chief Economist, Chairman Editorial Board and lastly, Editor, Daily Times. He was appointed Editor, Daily Times by Mr Peter Enahoro, while Dr Yemi Ogunbiyi appointed him Editor of the then authoritative Business Times.
As Group Energy Editor of the Daily Times conglomerate, Ughamadu, to the delight of many and the oil sector in particular, critically analyzed and critiqued the industry. It was not surprising that the Federal Government appointed him severally as a member of Nigeria’s delegation to many International Petroleum events, including the World Petroleum Congress (WPC).
He received several letters of commendations for informed commentaries on the oil industry from many past Petroleum Ministers, including Professor Tam David- West and Dr Rilwanu Lukman.