SPEECH BY MR ALBERT PHIRI - COORDINATOR OF THE MEDIA AWARDS FOR NORTHERN PROVINCE INVESTMENT AND TOURISM EXPOS & END OF WW1 CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS AT THE LAUNCH OF THE AWARDS AT MIBS ON 5TH SEPTEMBER 2018
The Permanent Secretary, Mr Godfrey Malama, Director Press and Media Development, Mr Isaac Chipampe and Senior officials from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services, members of the press ladies and gentlemen.
I count it a great honour to be the coordinator of these Awards and I wish to thank the Northern Province Administration led by the Northern Province Minister Honourable Brian Mundubile as well as The Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Honourable Dora Siliya and Ministry officials gathered here for actualising the concept.
I would also like to acknowledge the efforts of the Media Awards Fund raising Committee for this purpose led by Mr. Justin Mbitah Silumbe.
These Awards coincide with the first ever Regional Investment and Tourism Exposition for Northern Province under the theme: “unlocking investment opportunities 100 years after the end of the First World War”.
It is worth noting that although these awards are focussed on events taking place in one region of the nation, the natural assets in the Northern Province and its historical heritage belong to every Zambian. This is the case with all regions of Zambia.
The media are key development partners given their strategic position which they can use to galvanise awareness on Investment and Tourism opportunities in Northern Province and also to re-write history and challenge widespread misinformation surrounding the end of WW1.
Once in a life time award
A centenary only comes once in a life time, journalists are encouraged to come up with works of a lifetime; because the awards that come with this competition only come once in a lifetime.
Exceptional journalism will be rewarded exceptionally. The awards in the various categories bear witness to this.
However, the ultimate winner of these awards will be ordinary Zambians across the nation; They will not only be better informed about their heritage, but they will ultimately benefit from the outcomes of “unlocking investment opportunities 100 years after the end of the First World War”.