Wife of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Chief(Mrs) Bola Obasanjo has endorsed Penpushing Media as platform for authentic news across the globe, and commended the organization for adding value to journalism, with emphasis on paying attention to social responsibility, which has to do, with addressing the plights of the less privileged and indigents in the society.
She made this known in her speech as Chairperson of the 3rd anniversary lecture of the organization held at the prestigious Marquee Events Centre located within the premises of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta.
‘The emergence of Penpushing is a positive welcome development to journalism practice across the globe. The initiator, Dimeji Kayode-Adedeji must also be commended for this initiative, and he is a man known to have journalism blood running in his vein, and I am not disappointed in his passion for the noble profession which has made him excel in the chosen career’, she said.
The former President’s wife therefore called on other media organizations to emulate the initiative of Penpushing, in the area of proactive journalism practice, adding that this will go a long way to bring smiles to faces of victims at all time.
‘I must also say this, that one unique quality about Penpushing is the commitment to authentic news dissemination and war against fake news. This is laudable. I was part of the maiden and second editions, as well as participating in the 3rd edition, this is a clear testimony that I have believe and trust in the organization’. Obasanjo stated.
Mrs Obasanjo pointed out that it is also on record that, the medium within its three years of operations is in partnership with a number of reputable media organisations, adding that, this no doubt is a good development and a clear fact that, the partnering organisations are convinced about the competence of Penpushing in the media world.
‘I must also acknowledged another feat and innovation of Penpushing, which is highly commendable and this is moving forward in the area of social responsibility, by using the platform to address the plights of the less privileged and indigents, example that comes to mind among others is the case of Sarah Ajayi, 18 year old blind girl, who lost her two eyes to cataract while in SSS 2 class’.
‘Penpushing professionally took up her case which attracted a stakeholder on the platform, and took over the responsibilities to address her academic challenges. The Penpushing apart from the reportage, searched for a school for her, and today, a sponsor on the reputable platform of Penpushing has taken over the sponsorship at School for the blind in Lagos, where report has it that, Sarah is doing very well’.
The Chairperson of the occasion also referred to how Penpushing brought the plight of Abiodun Soyeri a physically challenged Mass Communication Graduate of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, to the public, who over three years after completion of his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) is yet to get job.
‘I want to use this opportunity to task other media organisations to emulate the initiative of Penpushing, in the area of proactive journalism practice, and this will go a long way to bring smiles to faces of victims at all time’, Obasanjo emphasised.
The wife of the former President also appreciated, the Editorial Board, membership and team of Penpushing, stressing that, no doubt they are competent hands, noting that If within three years of its operations, it has become a household name globally, that shows authenticity of the media platform.
Speaking further, she expressed optimism that Penpushing is going places in the media industry, in view of the fact that, it started on a solid foundation to ease out fake news dissemination.