It was a colourful occasion witnessed by a number of personalities from all walks of life, including the Minister of State for Information, Alhaji Aliyu Ikra Bilbis, Kaduna Sate Deputy Governor, Mr Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa, and representatives of Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto and Jigawa States governors, as well as Emir of Kano’s representative, Alhaji Abbas Sanusi and former director of military intelligence, General Halliru Akilu.
Commissioning the new edifice, Kano State governor Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, lauded, Media Trust’s expansion plan and urged the publishing outfit to continue to remain focused in its objective editorial policy which, he said, is the key to its success story.
Governor Shekarau, who also commissioned the company’s new printing press installed for simultaneous printing of newspapers in Abuja, Lagos and Kano, urged the newspaper house to uphold the virtues of truth and fairness for it to further grow and develop.
Also speaking, Professor Munzali Jibril, who was the guest speaker at the occasion, congratulated the board, management, staff and readers of Media Trust for their “remarkable achievements and for shattering the myth about the non-vialability of private media in the North”.
Professor Munzali described yesterday’s event as further evidence of the growth and development of the company and implementation of its technology-driven strategic plan.
“I believe that the company has decided to diversify its newspaper production in four to six regional centres which will simultaneously print identical editions of the paper and thus ease the daunting and expensive logistics of physically moving newspapers overnight to reach all parts of this vast country”, he said.
He attributed the success of Media Trust to the quality of its shareholders, management and staff, saying, unlike other newspapers that died young, whether in the North or South, the founders did not have short-term political objective, which, once it is no longer relevant, would compel them to abandon the mission.
Secondly, he said, unlike other papers which now litter the cemetery of failed media, the founders of Media Trust were not just good journalists but street-wise business people with a smart Kano-imbued business sense.
He said, thirdly, the founders had an abundance of personal integrity which enabled them to manage the business honestly in the interest of the company rather than for the personal gain of one or two top management staff or shareholders.
And, fourthly, the company resisted all attempts to erode its independence and thus break its covenant with the reading public and thereby lose their trust, he said.
“What this shows is that there is no reason why private media, or indeed, private educational institutions, cannot be successful, provided the conditions listed earlier are met”, he said.
The chairman of the occasion, Alhaji Magaji Dambatta, commended chairman of Media Trust Malam Kabiru A. Yusuf, and his fellow directors and management staff for their foresight, determination, courage and business acumen in giving the modern weapon of defending the rights of a seemingly defenceless people.
“We are simply exhilarated by the resilience of Media Trust Limited in its steady march to success, considering the environment in which it is operating which has seen many a newspaper rise and fall with sudden rapidity”, he said.
The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero represented by Wamban Kano, Alhaji Abbas Sanusi, stressed the importance of the media in national development and prayed to God to continue to guide the directors, management and staff of the company in the discharge of educating, informing and enlightening the reading public.