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Makinde tasks journalists on nation-building

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GOVERNOR Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has tasked journalists in Nigeria to  embrace developmental journalism that will build and not destroy the country.

  Also charging journalists on issues-based reportage were former Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Monsurat Sunmonu, the President-General, Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII), Prince Yemisi Adeaga, and a business mogul, Bamidele Samson.

   They gave the charge in their separate remarks at the opening of the 2021Press Week of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo State Council, held at the union’s secretariat, Iyaganku, Ibadan, on Monday.

Governor Makinde, during the event, was awarded the ‘Best Media-Friendly Governor in Pacesetter’s History’, for fulfilling the campaign promises that he made before he was elected governor of the state in 2019,

  Gov Makinde, who was represented by the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun, admonished journalists not  to base their stories on sentiments.

  His words: “Be objective, fair and balanced in your reports. We are not saying you should be supporting us but reporting on issues. We shouldn’t report on sentiment. I am very happy. We will continue to do our best in repositioning our state for the better.

 He advised journalists to report issues that can promote national development rather than promoting sectional interests.

   “I promised to reposition Ladoke Akintola University of Technology . We did it and made it solely owned by Oyo State. Our healthcare facilities were comatose before we came on board. But we have fixed over 100 primary healthcare centres. Another 100 will be ready before the end of the year 2022. We promised free education and quality healthcare services and we have done them.

  “We have also repositioned an unprecedented number of infrastructures, including opening up of new roads. Notable amongst these are the Iseyin-Oyo Road, Ibadan-Iseyin Road, and many township roads. By the time we complete the township roads, the economy will improve in those towns. When you are reporting, please be objective and professional,” Makinde said. 

In her remarks, Sunmonu described journalists saying “press are the first contact”, adding that it is whatever they say that people will be carrying everywhere.

  A patron of the union in the state and business mogul, Chief Bamidele Samson urged journalists in the state to continue writing in support of  national development, rather than promoting sectional interests.

  He said: “Journalists don’t retire. You must wake up to the challenges of the country. We depend on you for the betterment of Nigeria as the fourth estate of the realm. When Christians are doing events, you are expected to attend.

  The President-General of Central Council Ibadan Indigenes, Prince Adeaga urged members of the union to support the executive of the union to achieve more of their lofty dreams in line with the aims of the founding fathers of the union

  The NUJ Chairman Oyo State Council Ademola Babalola commended the supports of members of the union, saying despite the coronavirus pandemic, the union under him has continued to record tremendous achievements.

  “By next year, we are going to be more aggressive on training and retraining of journalists. In the last year, we are able to achieve what we have not achieved many years ago, Again the Journalists Estate. It is our legacy project and encourages more members and leaders to subscribe for the land.”

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