By Abubakar S. H
Kogi Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has said his administration would continue to promote Professionalism and protect the rights and duties of Journalists in the state.
The governor gave the assurance during the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Kogi State Council 2023 Press Week.
Gov. Yahaya Bello, who was represented by the Commissioner of Information and Communications, Evangelist Kingsley Fanwo, expressed satisfaction with the performances of Journalists working in Kogi.
According to him, “We will also ensure that the nexus between the need to inform and the rights to inform, which created Journalism, will continue to be advanced by my administration.
“This is because we have done a lot to ensure that the media in the state, especially the state-owned Broadcasting and Printing Press, are given top priority.
“The transmitter we have in the Radio Broadcasting Corporation is one of the best in the country and it was deliberately acquired for the benefit of our people,” he said.
He said that the book, “Media Development in Kogi State – 1991-2023”, is one book he would take a particular interest in going through its contents.
According to him, Bello is interested in the history of practice of journalism and how Journalists have made an impact in the growth and development of Kogi.
Earlier, the NUJ National President, Chief Chris Isiguzo said that the Kogi council Chairman, comrade Momohjimoh had demonstrated exceptional commitment and visionary leadership in positioning the council.
Isiguzo said that Momohjimoh has ignited a new era of progress, peace and unity amongst Journalists and with the state government and other stakeholders in the state.
“The chairman’s tenure has nurtured a more cohesive and vibrant union advocating for welfare and progress of Journalists in the state.
“As we applaud the achievements and launching of the book, let’s recommit ourselves to principles and novels of the profession of Journalism.
“Let’s embrace the pursuit of truth and relentless quest for transparency and accountability. Let’s honour the legacy of those who came before us by continuing to shape the narrative of our society with integrity, courage and dedication to excellence,” he said.
In his own address, the Chairman of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) kogi State Council has charged all his professional colleagues in media practice to always put to use in their drilling in thorough checks, balance, truth and ethical integrity in the information dissemination duties.
While advocating patriotism in practice, Comrade Adeiza Momohjimoh also reminded fellow journalists of the need to keep the agenda-setting function of the profession at heart at all times.
According to him, the media as a professional body has a major role to play in agenda-setting as it affects politics for the good of the citizenry even as he urged media practitioners to hold the government accountable to the people as empowered by the nation’s constitution.
The yearly press week witnessed the presentation of awards to six meritorious individuals, including Mrs Hannah Abraham, Provost, College of Nursing, Obangede, and Dr Arome Salifu, CEO African Youths Growth Foundation.