Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr John Mayaki, on Thursday in Port-Harcourt, received the Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Gas Workers (NUPENG) – Engine Lubricant Dealers ‘Prestigious’ award.
According to the body, Mayaki was being awarded in recognition of his role as ‘Best Mass Communicator and Respected Stakeholder in the Economic Development and Progress of Edo State’.
They continued that they had observed Mayaki’s sense of humility and his contributions to the society as well as his demonstrations through his media relations with the people of Edo State and Nigeria in general.
Mayaki, who once worked as a reporter at The Hope Newspaper in Akure, as well as The Comet and The Nation Newspapers, appreciated the body for deeming him worthy of receiving the award.
Represented by Mr. Nathaniel James, Mayaki noted that information had become a key factor of production with the increase in media for dispelling such information and the improved ease of ease of access to information.
He said: “Since the advent of the 21st century there is a growing consensus that information has become the most valuable factor of production in the context of the development of any economy. Based on this new pragmatic thinking information has unofficially become the fifth factor of production besides the traditional land, labour, capital and entrepreneurship taught in schools”.
Continuing, he explained that mass communication and economic production therefore had a confluence on account of the former’s contribution to the latter, adding that Governor Obaseki had explored the potential of information to make his administration successful.
He said: “My Principal, Governor Obaseki, is a well-tested and reputed technocrat, who has brought many initiatives and innovations into the Edo State Project by reason of his private sector experience of decades. Things are moving again with lightning speed in Edo State as he has started to turn the state’s economy around for the better and this is because he has harnessed the power of reciprocal communication with the people”.