By Gift Samuel, The Sight News
ABUJA: Veteran broadcast journalist, Hauwa Kassim, recently bagged an award from the Nigerian Association for Energy Economics at it’s 11th Annual Conference in Abuja.
The mother of three,who holds a Master’s degree in Oil and Gas Management,has been a a practicing journalist for over 16 years and was given the 2018 award for dedicated service and outstanding contribution to the Nigerian Association for Energy Economics.
Kassim, who spoke to The Sight News in this interview, noted that getting an energy industry award is some kind of validation that diversifying her academic scope was worth it after all.
See Excerpts from the Interview….
Congratulations on your award.
Kassim: Thank you.
Tell us a little about your self?
Kassim: Well, what I can tell you is that, Hauwa is an extremely committed, proactive, success-driven, smart-working and self-motivated broadcast journalist.
I am originally from Okene Local Government Area of Kogi state, but born and bred in Kaduna. I’m married with three young children.
About five years ago, I took a year study leave from work, to pursue a Master’s degree in Oil and Gas Management, from the famous Coventry University London Campus,in the United Kingdom. And like they say; the rest is history.
How long have you been in journalism?
Kassim: This is a tricky question because the moment I tell people, they automatically add 20 years to how old they had previously presumed me to be. But to answer your question, by September 12 this year, it shall be 17 years of me, not only being in journalism, but also with Nigeria’s foremost independent broadcast outfit, DAAR communications PLC.
When did you join the NAEE?
Kassim: I joined the NAEE in 2014. If I can remember correctly, I had gone to cover an event. It was the Annual Emmanuel Egbogah Legacy Lecture Series, organized by the University of Port Harcourt’s Emerald Energy Institute for Petroleum, Energy Economics, Policy and Strategic Studies. Incidentally, Professor Wumi Illedare who is the incumbent NAEE President, also doubled as the organizer of the lecture series.
I went to cover as a journalist. I guess the president was impressed with quality of my reporting when they were aired…and asked me to become a member. In fact, he paid for my very first membership due.
Interesting. How do you feel receiving this award from NAEE?
Kassim: I feel truly honored. Even though what I was getting from a lot of people was, “Hauwa, it is an award well deserved”. I don’t feel that way. This I say,not because I do not appreciate the recognition, but mostly because I was just being me; committed to offering service to a cause I strongly believe in. So the award definitely feels like a bonus for carrying out service passionately and selflessly for a cause one believes in.
What category does your award fall into and why did NAEE decide to honour you?
Kassim: The category is the 2018 award for Dedicated Service and Outstanding Contribution to the Nigerian Association for Energy Economics (NAEE).
Well, I cant say for certain, but from the write up on the award plaque, I guess it will be because of how I respond to every assignment given to me selflessly by the Association without compensation. How much I rally my colleagues in the media to attend and cover our Association’s event. My input under Mr. Lanre Oladele’s supervision (Oladele is the Association’s PRO and a great support system in my life) as far as media strategy is concerned. And possibly the 10th Anniversary documentaries I did for the Association under immense pressure at no cost to the Association….I want to believe these are the services and contributions the Association is referring to.There might be more, I wouldn’t know….
You have done quite a lot. What does the award mean to you?
Kassim: In all honesty, I have never been one who fished for recognition. I just do my bit to ensure a general success of every and any team I find myself in.
But strangely, this one means so much to me. Maybe it’s because I am not getting this award from my immediate constituency (the media). You see, after practicing journalism for 12 years at the time, and I thought to further my education, choosing to do a Master’s in Oil and Gas Management as against Mass Communication, which was my first discipline, was like taking a leap of faith.
So getting an Energy Industry Award, is some kind of validation that diversifying my academic scope, was worth it after all.
As a journalist and member of NAEE, how do you think energy economics can help improve the energy industry.
Kassim: NAEE as an Association has got so much to offer to the country’s energy industry.
This is an Association made up of not only great energy engineers and technicians, but also renowned academicians, seasoned energy industry players, specialized energy legal practitioners, journalists, economists, to mention but a few.
All converging from time to time under one roof to take up contemporary energy issues from diverse perspectives and recommending solutions.
As someone whose academic discipline cuts across Mass Communication and Oil and Gas Management, I am convinced that if the ideas being articulated during such NAEE’s conferences could be adopted by the country’s Energy industry managers, a great deal of the energy challenges facing us as as a nation will be solved
This is why when it comes to putting NAEE and her activities out there, I give it my best. As I believe that, the Association, even though great, still has a lot of work to do to increase it’s brand equity.
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