Friday, September 22, 2017

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Kenya Pipeline Managing Director & CEO Mr. Joe Sang joins the EJEA III Awardees on stage as they celebrate their achievement. From left: David Herbling- Nation Media Group (Energy Financing Award), Neville Otuki- Nation Media Group (Power Generation Award and 2nd Runners up), Hillary Makoha- Baraka FM (Green Initiative Award and 1st Runners up), Paul Wafula- Standard Media Group (Overall Winner, Energy Policy and Regulation Award, Power Transmission and Infrastructure Award and Oil & Gas category Award), Abi Ngina- Standard Media Group (Nuclear Energy Award) and Moses Michura- Standard Media Group (Oil & Gas category Award).

Journalists have been urged to promote the energy development agenda through quality and factual reporting of initiatives and projects being undertaken in the sector.
Speaking at the third Energy Journalism Excellence Awards (EJEA III) gala dinner, Principal Secretary Eng. Dr. Joseph Njoroge said the media should help Kenyans understand current efforts by the Government to enhance access to affordable, reliable and environmental friendly power.
During the gala night marked by pomp and colour at Safari Park Hotel, several journalists were awarded for excelling in reporting on energy issues.
“The country needs journalists like you to do its marketing and advocacy work, not only in the political arena, but even more importantly, in promoting its energy development agenda,” PS Njoroge told the gathering of professionals from the media and energy sectors.
He stated that the Ministry and its utilities would help build the capacities of the media to report effectively on the industry.
‘‘We would like to encourage and sustain positive and objective media coverage of energy and petroleum issues by helping journalists understand our projects. The public can only have a better understanding of Government’s initiatives when the media that they look up to as sources of information are themselves well informed,” he said.
The Government through the sector is implementing various projects which have direct benefits to the Mwananchi, aimed at enhancing access to affordable and clean energy to all Kenyans. It is only fair that they are made aware of this initiatives and efforts by the government.
Kenya Power Ag. MD and CEO Ken Tarus said ‘there was a need for the country to develop a viable model that sustains quality journalism’.
He further stated that there is no doubt that giving Energy journalists the recognition they deserve will encourage excellence in reporting, and help to bring energy matters from the periphery of the news agenda into the mainstream, which is where they rightfully belong.
He commended the media for highlighting Kenya’s stories and achievements in the energy sector.
EJEA awards is an annual event, organized by the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum and all the utilities within the energy sector that aims to promote factual, objective and comprehensive coverage of energy matters in the country and ensuring that Kenyans are adequately informed about the sector.

 

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