From MATTHEW JWANTU, Minna
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State has expressed total commitment to the freedom of the press and constructive criticisms, describing them as the fulcrum of every striving democracy and sustainable development. He explained that constructive criticism is the lubricant that oils the wheel of government machinery.
Governor Sani Bello stated this when he received the National executives of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) led by its National President Chief Chris Isiguzo at the Government House in Minna, Niger State Capital.
Governor Sani Bello noted that genuine criticisms were meant to expose the lapses of government and other political office holders in order to redirect them.
He emphasised the importance of abiding by the social responsibility role of the press, stating that his administration will continue to work with media and journalists for the good and development of the State and the country at large.
On hate speech and social media bill, the governor called on the executives of the union to ensure that only professionals, who know the guiding principles of the profession are allowed to practice, pointing out that “the media space, especially the social media sphere has been adulterated with uncultured and poorly skilled journalists who are creating a huge vacuum in the reputation and integrity of journalism as a profession.”
He tasked the media Practitioners to exhibit responsibility by supporting the modest achievements of the present administration, adding that everyone has a role to play in the development of the society rather than the bring down syndrome.
“How can someone wake up and said Mr. President is dead, Is it thinkable? Even your enemy you don’t wish him death.”
Governor Sani Bello further expressed appreciation for the support the media Practitioners have been rendering to his government, restating that his administration remains committed towards completion of all ongoing projects before the commencement of new ones.
He said having observed the poor maintenance culture that has contributed to the decay in most sectors, his administration will remain focus on cultivating the character of continuity and sustainability in government that has to do with the completion of existing projects and most importantly, maintaining and sustaining those that have been concluded.