Adeneye tasks media on Nigeria’s development
He challenged the “community media” to come up with more creative ways of staying in business, stressing that the space “is still wide open. This is because issues bordering on rural life and dwellers are still begging for attention in both print and electronic media.”
Adeneye added: “ Let me also call on government at the grassroots to take advantage of community media as veritable means of publicising their programmes and activities, especially to the rural communities.”
The guest speaker and secretary to the state government (SSG), Taiwo Adeoluwa, urged the media to de-emphasise controversial issues, saying the country urgently needed peace and stability.
He insisted that the fourth estate had a major role to play in bringing about the much-needed peace.Twenty-five individuals and organisations, including the state government, were honoured for their contributions to the society.
But Adeoluwa, while receiving the award on behalf of government, had noted that he would have preferred the honour came at the expiration of the administration in 2019.
He explained: “This is because, when one is taking an examination, you cannot say he will pass or not. It is after the examination and he passes well, then he will deserve an award.”
On the strike by workers in the state, the scribe said: “Our stakeholders should be fair in assessing us. We should not be assessed only in the area of provision of infrastructure.
“We think the most important thing we have done as a government is ensuring peace and stability. That is our greatest legacy.” He debunked reports in certain quarters that some labour leaders had gone into hiding owing to alleged threat to their lives.
“As a government, we believe workers have the right to agitate. It is their right,” Adeoluwa remarked.“Such reports are not only most uncharitable but also most wicked.”
He, therefore, appealed to residents not to “de-market” the state.The newspaper’s proprietor, Dada Olanipekun, said the award was to encourage individuals and organisations to support progress.
He thanked The Guardian Publisher, Mrs. Maiden Alex-Ibru, for her support and encouragement.Other awardees were the state’s Head of Service, Elder Shola Adeyemi, Princess Iyabo Yusuf, former Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Abass Olanigun, Lafarge Plc and the Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS).
Dignitaries at the event included representative of the Alake and Baagbimo of Egbaland, Chief Israel Akinwale and wife of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Bola, represented by Mrs. Aisha Eleshi.
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