By Donald Ugwu
Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun says Nigeria is a free-press state the place the media is predicted to play crucial roles in peace constructing with out inhibitions.
He made the declaration at a media workshop he hosted for the State House Press Corps in Abeokuta on Saturday the place he warned that the media couldn’t afford to fail Nigerians.
The theme of the workshop is, “The Role of the Media in Peace Building: 2019 in Perspective’’.
Amosun, who was represented by Chief Dayo Adeneye, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, stated the position of the media in any creating society couldn’t be over emphasised.
He said that among the many multiplicity of views and opinions , no publication needs to be unwarrantedly distinctive above others.
He stated that it was solely when the media strove for one of the best that they may afford the citizenry the chance to type higher opinion and arrive at higher combination of determination slightly than being victims of orchestrated agenda setting.
“Nigeria is a rustic of numerous and dynamic individuals, proficient and blessed by God with considerable pure and human assets.
“As a physique of media their roles and tasks are monumental and extremely important and far wanted to maintain Nigeria one.
“Unfortunately, our accountability needs to be to responsibly faucet on these assets, turning potential obtainable in our report course of into actuality, notably and most of the time, by way of what we name `peace journalism and developmental journalism’.
He stated that the media remained the fourth property of the realm as a result of the media mirrored conscience of the individuals and formed opinion.
The governor famous that previously, the media was concerned in main revolutions in components of the world and added that an unbiased and purposeful media created helpful societies devoid of nepotism and mismanagement.
Amosun urged the media to construct on their achievements up to now and mold a peaceable democratic nation in direction of 2019 polls.
He suggested the practitioners to be cautious of how politicians carried out themselves throughout electioneering, noting that intrigues in energy play would at all times exist.
“The media on the centre have a higher position to play.
“I salute the patriotism of the Nigerian media, notably members of the State House Press Corps for many of your willpower to maintain the unity of the nation no matter your challenges.
“But there may be room for driving in direction of the perfect as we drive step by step into 2019 elections.
“We shouldn’t neglect that we will solely write to demand accountability when individuals and the media are performing duties to which they are often held accountable,’’ he added.
The governor famous that it was essential for the media to play their constitutional roles in making certain compliance with the basic goals and directive ideas of state coverage and selling the accountability of presidency.
“This is basically expedient in rising our nation into peace, concord and socio- financial development.
“The media of trigger stays on the centre of the up-coming elections and may take with all seriousness that they’ve a vital position to play,’’ he said.