BY MFON PATRICK.
The Senior Special Assistant to Governor Udom Emmanuel on Sports and Chairman of Akwa United Football Club, Elder Paul Bassey has congratulated the winner of the 2018 Nigeria Radio Sports Journalist of the Year Award, George Essien of Comfort FM on his achievement.
Elder Bassey heaped praises on Essien who is known by the professional name “Mighty George”, and congratulated him when he presented the award he won to him in his office in Uyo.
Essien who described Elder Paul Bassey as the Father of Sports journalism in Akwa Ibom State said he was humbled to have been voted the Best Radio Sports Journalist in the country and revealed that such an honour could not have been possible without the tutelage of the veteran journalist.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor said he was proud that another son of Akwa Ibom was honoured for professionalism by the organisers of the Nigerian Sports Award after His Excellency Governor Udom Emmanuel was honoured last year by the same body as the Best Sports Governor.
“Let me begin by saying congratulations to you for bringing honour and respect not just to your station Comfort FM but to the entire Akwa Ibom State through this award. I am glad and proud of you for all your contributions to sports reportage and presentation in Akwa Ibom State and in Nigeria. We are honored that you have come to share your award with us here at Akwa United.
“Last year, the Nigerian Sports Award honoured His Excellency Governor Udom Emmanuel with the Best Sports Governor Award and this year you have been voted the Best Radio Sports Journalist, this honour has gone a long way to demonstrate that Akwa Ibom is the centre of sports in Nigeria and you deserve to be celebrated.
“Your good works and dedication has distinguished your station and made it a must listen to station in this state. You have brought honour to this state and this is just the beginning of many honours to come your way, once again I say congratulations” Elder Bassey concluded.
The veteran journalist turned administrator however called on sports journalists in Akwa Ibom State to be more committed and dedicated to their work, stressing that there is always reward for hard work.