Richard Pius Garba is a journalist from Kaduna state, born to the family of Mr and Mrs Garba Pius.
He bagged a diploma in Mass Communication from Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic Zaria, Kaduna State. In 2010 he graduated from Kaduna Polytechnic with a HND in Mass Communication.
Over 14 years of practice, he has worked with Kaduna state media cooperation (KSMC) as a correspondent reporter, and a sub editor with radio Nigeria Minna. Presently he is the news editor/producer of Salama radio Kafanchan Kaduna state, covering Energy, Sports, Legislative and politics.
Richard’s inspiration was drawn from his zeal to contribute his quota to nation building through the reportage of activities to the common man bearing in mind the responsibilities of a journalist, which is to serve as a bridge between the led and the governed.
On his experience as a journalist, Richard said ‘I have seen and gone through a lot in the past fourteen years’ an experience that stood out for him and had made him not to underestimate the power of media, was when he stood in the part of honor to defend an action he felt was in the best interest of the people.
That action was a report he wrote interpreting a statement made by the then deputy governor of Kaduna state Sir Patrick Yakowa (of blessed memory), deferring all odds of representing a government media organization that time.
In his word the then Deputy Governor of Kaduna state made a statement out of script during the 2007 May day celebration to say ‘I want to assure you that this administration will will look into the possibility of reviewing your salaries upward, and this will be done VERY VERY SOON”.
In my own lead as the reporter drafted to cover the event and knowing fully that the tenure of that administration is expiring in a couple of weeks from that date, I wrote “Kaduna state Government says it will review the salaries of its civil servant upward before the expiration of its tenure on May 29th.”
To cut the long story short, that singular lead/story shook tables at that time and forced the then Governor, Mohammed Makarfi to implement the increment before their tenure elapsed, because I had it on record when the Deputy Governor made the statement.
One of the many challenges I encountered in the course of my practice in Journalism was the humiliation and threat I received when that story was aired. All my superiors in the office, except, the Editor on duty that day that stood by me all through and even share in the disciplinary action meted on me for carrying a story out of script in a medium that according to them was to protect the interest of government of the day.
What keeps me going as a journalist is the simple fact that it is a profession I had dreamt doing since growing up as a child and I have never contemplated any regret practicing.
Richard has had a lot of training opportunities which includes
I have attended many workshops and trainings among which in;
- December 2017 – Certificate of Participation in a two day training workshop on conflict sensitive reportage, Do no harm and Peace Journalism for Journalist from Abuja, Plateau, Nasarawa and Kaduna states organized by USAID and Search for Common Ground.
- June 2014 – Certificate of participation in a two day Annual workshop for Energy correspondents on Managing Information in the Oil and Gas Industry organized by Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company Limited.
- July 2013 – Certificate of participation in a two day Annual workshop for Energy correspondents on Energy reporting and the petroluem industry in contemporary age organized by Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company Limited.
- June 2012 – Certificate of merit by the Federal Road Safety Corps NYSC Road Safety Club Niger state.
- October 2009 – Certificate of participation in a two day Spots Creative training workshop by the BBC World Service Trust, Nigeria.
- September 2006 – February 2007 – Diploma Certificate in Computer Science by Oceanic Tides Limited.
He adviced upcoming Journalists to know that the profession is not a lazy profession that you will succeed without being creative and always striving hard to make headline. Do not be an arm chair Journalist who will sit back and expect his colleagues to supply him with stories from the same event that they cover and shamelessly carry the byline I his medium. Note that dedication and hard work pays when you least expected it.
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