Senator Dino Melaye, the representative of the West Senatorial District of Kogi State, has charged the people of the state to work for its betterment and development.
He made this charge in a statement issued by his S.A on Media, Mr. Gideon Ayodele while addressing his media colleagues yesterday.
In the statement, he said “As the curtains to the year 2015 closes and we step into the year 2016, I would like, on behalf of my principal and I, to wish you all a happy, peaceful and prosperous New Year”.
“This is the season for reflection on the past year and for making resolutions for the New Year. It is therefore an opportune time for all of us together to recommit ourselves to work for a better future for all our people.
“Accordingly, we call on the incoming government to pay greater attention institutionally and procedurally to reforms that address developmental issues.
This year, 2016, is the beginning of a new era that must bring gains on many fronts as we continue to work for the consolidation of a united, just and democratic society, marked by economic prosperity and the eradication of poverty.
It is therefore pertinent that we begin the New Year committed to the objective of state unity, with renewed confidence in our collective strength to ensure that our democracy will continue to serve all our citizens, determined to accelerate our progress towards the realization of the goal of a better life for all Kogites.
The peaceful transfer of power should be an achievement that should never be underestimated. I would therefore like to use this medium to call on stakeholders to focus on the ongoing health of our democracy.
Mr. Gideon however commended his media colleagues, but charged them to be more prepared and upright in the discharge of their duties.
He said that “the media prides itself on playing the role of the ‘fourth estate’ – a critical and disinterested element in the democratic mix. It is this role that justifies the media in its otherwise intrusive conduct – probing, checking, and testing, even to the point of antagonism. Unfortunately, if the evidence of the recent releases in the newspapers is anything to go on, then many people in the media seem to have forgotten the purpose they are supposed to pursue”.
“I enjoin you to keep faith with the unity, peace and stability of our dear state for this is the only state that you and I can call our own.
“Nowhere in the world, no matter the prompting and inducements of foreign countries, can Kogites ever be regarded as first class citizens. Kogi state is the only state that we have. We must therefore renew our hope in our state, and keep the faith and confidence in ourselves to participate in all processes for continued growth, development and progress”, he submitted.