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Do more development journalism, Gov. Bello Tasks Media Practitioners

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Do more development journalism, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State tasks journalists.

He charged media practitioners to engage in developmental journalism, pointing out that their reportage should be about Nigeria for Nigerians.

Governor Bello made the call in a message to the annual lecture and award by the “The Nigerian Post Newspaper” in Lokoja on Thursday.

The Governor who was represented by the Commissioner for Information and Communication, Kingsley Fanwo, said the time is ripe for journalists to report Nigeria to Nigerians by dwelling on the positive and constructively provoking the change needed for development.

According to him, the present administration is responsive and responsible to the needs of its citizens stressing the government’s resolve to continue to partner with the media in Kogi State.

The Governor promised to sustain the government’s fight against crimes and criminality by infusing technology in an onslaught in the State.

In his opening remarks, the Chairman of the occasion and former Minister of State for Health, Professor Ikani Stephen Ocheni said the topic is apt in view of the present situation in the nation.

Professor Ocheni said governments at all levels must seek better ways of combating insecurity to sustain the collective efforts of one nationhood.

He commended Governor Bello’s giant strides in repositioning the educational sector, youths, and women’s inclusiveness in governance as well as giving recognition to the physically challenged in the State.

In a paper presentation, Mr. Tope Joel of the Kogi State Polytechnic Lokoja said the nation needs re-direction to ensure that; “The House Does Not Fall” by voting leaders that will help in overcoming the security challenges as well as the need for family values to be inculcated in the children.

In his brief remark, the Vice Chancellor, Federal University Lokoja, Professor Olayemi Akinwumi cautioned the political actors not to use, religion, or ethnicity to heat the polity thereby attempting to pull down the “House” of Nigeria as a nation.

Also speaking, Kogi State Chairman of the Nigeria Union Journalists, Comrade Adeiza Momohjimoh called on the State Government to give more attention to the State broadcast outfits namely; Radio Kogi and Graphics newspaper for optimum output.

In their separate goodwill messages, the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Pharmacist Abdulkareem Asuku, Rector, Kogi State Polytechnic, Doctor Usman Ogbo, and Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Wemi Jones amongst others extolled Governor Bello’s style of redefining governance through projects execution across the State and inclusion of youths and women.

Earlier, the Editor-in-Chief of The Nigerian Post Newspaper, Mike Abu said the topic; “Governance Leadership Re-Defined This House Must Not Fall” is apt in view of the happenings in the nation which call for collective efforts of all.

He said the awardees were selected for their modest contributions to the act of governance and humanity.

Highlights of the occasion were the presentation of awards to various dignitaries who contributed immensely to the development of society using their various positions to impact positively on humanity among whom are the Provost, College of Education Technical Kabba, Doctor Mrs. Victoria Olushola Jagboro, the SSA to Governor Bello on Electronics, Billy Nwogu.

Others are members representing Lokoja/Kotonkarfe and Yagba West in the House of Representatives, Ibrahim Shaba, and Elder Leke Abejide respectively, State NULGE President, Comrade Trade Adeyemi as well as Comrade Oladele Nihi who was conferred with an award on exceptional youth development and leadership.


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