Media Trust Limited, publishers of the Daily Trust newspapers, has appointed new editors.
Announcing the new appointments, the acting Chief Executive Officer of the company, Nura Daura, said the decision was approved by the company’s Board of Directors.
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The new appointees are Stella Iyaji, Managing Editor; Abdulaziz Abdulaziz, Deputy General Editor and George Taiwo Olushola, Online Editor.
In the statement, Daura said the appointments were in line with changes in the media industry globally and a demonstration of Media Trust’s commitment to serving the public better.
Changes in media
The erstwhile Deputy Editor of Daily Trust newspaper, Miss Iyaji, is expected to oversee the running and overall development of the newsroom and reporters in line with the values and vision of the company.
Iyaji is also expected to ensure quality control at all times.
The new Deputy General Editor is to support the General Editor in overseeing all the Daily Trust titles and to ensure that the paper’s leading position in investigative journalism is maintained.
Abdulaziz was until his appointment an Associate Editor at PREMIUM TIMES.
Olushola, the Online Editor, is the immediate past Editor of The Cable newspaper, based in Lagos.
As a former editor of a leading online medium, he will work with other editors in the newspaper to ensure digital transformation across all Daily Trust platforms.
“These changes are aimed at refocusing the company taking into consideration latest trends in journalism so that at all times our readers get the best out of us.
“I assure our readers that they are our priority and the company will continue to do its best to remain that newspaper that they can trust at all times for current and factual information’’, the acting CEO said.
The new editors
The new editors; Miss Iyaji holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Language from the University of Maiduguri and a Master’s degree also in English Language from the University of Abuja.
After her undergraduate studies, she served at the Imo Broadcasting Corporation, Owerri, for her NYSC scheme. She later joined the services of DBN Television, Abuja, where she worked as a Reporter, News Editor and Producer.
She also reported the Police, Judiciary and the Senate. Iyaji joined Media Trust as an Assistant News Editor (States and Regions).
In 2016, she was appointed Deputy Editor of the Daily Trust on Sunday. In September 2019, she was redeployed as the Deputy Editor of the flagship title, a position she held until the latest elevation.
Miss Iyaji is also the secretary of the Daily Trust Editorial Board.
Abdulaziz Abdulaziz hold Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English from the Bayero University, Kano.
He started his journalism career with The Executive, a rested weekly in Kano, before he joined LEADERSHIP newspapers in April 2008.
He rose from Correspondent to Regional Editor, based in Kano, before he left the
newspaper in 2012.
After leaving LEADERSHIP, Abdulaziz joined Blueprint Newspaper, holding a number of editorial positions until he left in 2017 as Deputy Editor.
He won the 2018 Wole Soyinka Prize for Investigative Reporting for his series exposing former Nigeria’s Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun, who skipped the mandatory national youth service and forged a certificate, among other awards.
George Taiwo Olushola has a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the Lagos State University. He was until this appointment the Editor of The Cable, an online newspaper in Lagos. He was the pioneer News Editor of the newspaper.
Taiwo Olushola also worked as Public Relations Officer of the African Childs Rights Care Initiative.
Also speaking, the Editor-in Chief of Daily Trust, Naziru Mikailu, said he was delighted by the appointments.
“I am glad to have these talented individuals in our very active and diverse newsroom
“It demonstrates our commitment, as a paper, to serve our readers and other stakeholders better as they remain at the heart of everything we do’’, he said.
Changes in bureaus
As part of the restructuring, the company also made some changes at its bureaus.
Lami Sadiq is in charge of the Kaduna bureau, while Clement Oloyede is heading the Kano bureau.
The paper’s former Online Editor, Abiodun Alade, is now the editorial head of the South-West region, while Misbahu Bashir is in charge of the Maiduguri bureau.
This story has been updated to correct an earlier mistake regarding George Taiwo’s profile.