From Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja
Managing Editor, Northern Operations, The Nation Newspaper, Yusuf Alli, has tasked Nigerian journalists to place premium to self development.
Alli stated this, in Abuja, while receiving members of the House of Representatives Press Corps, who visited him on the occasion of his 60th birthday.
The Editor, who stated that self development was one of the ways to earning self-respect in journalism profession, stressed the need for journalists to put ethics above immediate gains.
“The most important thing is that whatever you do in life will always live after you and that is my appeal to you. Work for legacy. Have you ever seen a rich man or a billionaire that was buried in the cemetery and they wrote on the grave, this is a billionaire?
“You have thrown a challenge at me, that we need to bring up the younger ones. I am a super mentor. I am not always happy that when we call for story ideas, out of about 20 reporters, only one or two will respond, while others will not even submit anything; that shows that the profession is sick.”
Chairman of the Press Corps, Ms. Grace Ike, said they were at Alli’s office to felicitate with him on his 60th birthday.
“Alhaji Yusuf Alli has no doubt contributed immensely to the development of the country and his achievements in the industry cannot be over emphasized. At 60, the younger generation look forward to your leadership style and learn more from your experience gathered in the industry over the years,” she said.