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Oyo NUJ Press Week: Gov. Makinde Assures Support for Journalists

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By Richard  Thomas, Ibadan

Oyo State governor,  Engr. Seyi Makinde has assured  journalist in the state of his unwavering support  in the discharge of their duties.

The governor gave the assurance at the opening ceremony marking the 2019 press week of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo State Council held at the Council, Iyaganku, Ibadan.

The governor who was represented by his  Deputy Engr. Raufu Olaniyan, at the  programme congratulated members and leadership of the council for their success

The  governor who commended the leadership and members of the union for their  professionalism and courage  with which they discharge their duties before, during and after the 2019 elections, described Oyo State as  the pacesetter when it comes to journalism in the country, just as he  reiterated  government commitment to help the Union  get to the next level.

He however assured members of the Union that they will continue to enjoy freedom of the press in the state, as they play very important  roles in the transformational agenda of the state.

Earlier,  Mr. Ahmed Raji (SAN)  guest lecturer at the event who presented a paper with the theme, “Media, Security And Peaceful Coexistence.” Observed. that the ” Media has always performed the functions of informing, educating, enlightening, sensitizing and entertaining  the society at large.”

According  to him,  with the great commitment of the  Media, its function  and capacity, there is clear  evidence that the Media can be  a veritable tool used  to build our nation,  amplify and give effect to  objectives of peaceful co existence in the country.

Mr Raji concluded by stressing that ” The Media is a powerful force for good or for evil, the security challenges we face as a country will be surmounted if the Media become a veritable tool in performing a transformative role.

Also speaking at the event Cosmos Oni Zonal President NUJ South West, ” Urge members of the union to tread carefully as they prepare for the next election in the state council, adding that  everything will be done constitutionally, while also requesting the state government to consider journalist in the state for further appointment.

In his remarks representative of the Oyo State Commissioner of police, Kehinde Longe commended members of the NUJ Ibadan for their thorough reportage of crime related news, while Oba Bodunrin Ilufemiloye,  Are of Ago Are, urged Journalists to be objective and to ensure balance reporting, saying  this will promote  better Coexistence.

Among dignitaries present at the ceremony  include Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun  the commissioner for Information, Oyo State, State Commadant Nigeria Civil Defense Corps, Alhaji Iskilu Abiodun Akinsunya, Zonal Director Federal Radio corporation Of Nigeria, Alhaji Mohammed Bello and former NUJ President Lanre Ogundipe and host of others.

 

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