Colloquium: Participants eulogise Late UST
By Abba Dukawa , Abubakar Garba Isa, Hassan Muhammad & Salisu Baso
Kano State Council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists in collaboration with Kano State Heads of Media Forum organized a one-day colloquium on the late Umar Said Tudunwada (UST).
The event, which held at Coronation Hall, Kano Government House, recently, discussed the selflessness of the late former Managing Director of Kano State Radio Corporation, Malam Umar Saidu Tudunwada, said to have ventured into journalism not to make money.
All the participants agreed that late Tudunwada had committed himself to the job thoroughly and became authority in the profession due to his love for humanity.
The colloquium witnessed large turnout of journalists that showered accolades on the late broadcaster.
In his address, the state commissioner of information, Malam Muhammadu Garba said the Ganduje administration had appointed late veteran broadcaster as the head of Kano State Radio Corporation just to reclaim its lost glory, adding that he was a very patriotic and selfless personality who pursued whatever assignment given to him with zeal and commitment.
He further said “late UST’s appointment was hailed by many, especially seasoned media practitioners as well as traditional radio listeners in Kano and beyond,” adding, “our relationship spans over 30 years as friends and professional colleagues, he was with CTV 67 and I was on The Triumph staff.”
Also, General Manager, Cool FM, Mr PD Aboki, said late UST was exceptional and notable journalist in Kano, adding that in his career, the late broadcaster worked in both local and international television and radio stations.
He added that Late Tudunwada was in the team that pioneered the establishment of first private radio FM station in the Northern part of Nigeria, which was Freedom Radio in the early 2000s.
In his contribution, Dr. Sule Ya’u Sule, said “the late veteran broadcast journalist was a God fearing person, who always wanted to leave unblemished legacy and today’s colloquium in his honor was a good testimony of that,” adding that he was always committed to ensuring his staff undergone regular professional and technical training to meet the challenges of modern journalism.
Also, speaking, the Director General, Abubakar Rimi Television, Hajiya Sa’a Ibrahim who traced his history said the late UST started his journalism career as a News Assistant with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) in 1980. He left in 1983 to join the then City Television (CTV) owned by the Kano State Government. He worked with the Hausa services of the Radio Deutsche-Welle (Voice of Germany) and Voice of America (VOA).
Late Umar Tudunwada ended his sojourn at VOA in 2009, when he was appointed General Manager of the Freedom Radio. Interestingly too, she said, he briefly worked in the print media between July and November, 2003 when he became a publisher and eEditor-in-Chief of Factual Newspaper, a weekly publication based in Kano then. He also served on two different times as special assistant on media and publicity to former Kano State Governor.