Press Day: Kogi Deputy Gov urges media on dignity & decency

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Kogi State Deputy Governor, Yomi Awoniyi has charged stakeholders in the Media to remain agents of change by holding tenaciously to the ideals of the profession while also adhering to human dignity and basic rule of decency.

Kogi State Deputy Governor, Arc Yomi Awoniyi
Kogi State Deputy Governor, Arc Yomi Awoniyi

Awoniyi in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Abu Micheal on the occasion of the International Press Day, commended Nigeria Journalists for their role in ensuring transparency in the just concluded elections, however noted that, like every human endeavour, there are rooms for improvement.

According to ‎Awoniyi, “as Fourth Estate of the Realm, the media must at all times remain the conscience of the nation. This he noted can only be attained when journalists see themselves as nation builders and not partisan voices in tandem with the voice of oppression against the people”.

The Deputy Governor thanked journalists working in the state for their support to the Capt Idris Wada’s administration and for their steadfastness, commended them for remaining above board especially in propagating the ideals of the present administration in the state.

Awoniyi urged the media to positively put an eye on activities of government, with a view to informing the public of government programmes and policies, disclosed that the present administration aside its open door policy is open to constructive criticism, and asked the media to always balance and cross check their facts before publishing.

Awoniyi congratulated the State NUJ Chairman and its members for the successful International Press Day, coming immediately after the general election in which he noted Journalists played a critical role.

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