At workshop on 2023 elections, Kebbi tasks journalists on professionalism
Governor Atiku Abubakar Bagudu has charged journalists in Kebbi State on professionalism, cautioning them against character assassination.
He made the appeal while opening a one-day workshop, titled, “Role of media before and after the 2023 general elections”, yesterday, in Birnin Kebbi.
Organised by Nigeria Union Journalists (NUJ) State Council, in collaboration with Kebbi Ministry of Information and Culture, the training was to retool reporters for better reportage.
Represented by Secretary to the State Government (SSG)), Alhaji Babale Umar Yauri, the governor appealed to the participants to collaborate with relevant stakeholders for a peaceful transition programme next year.
He said: “The press, popularly known as the fourth estate of the realm, is saddled with statutory roles and responsibilities of educating and enlightening people on government policies and programmes.”
Therefore, the press is the mirror through which government policies, actions and inactions are viewed, measured, monitored and evaluated.”
The governor stressed that, “it is necessary to enlighten the journalists more to enable them carry out their job appropriately.”
He added: “My administration is aware of the critical role of the media in ensuring credible and fair elections through well-balanced reportage as political activities gather momentum.”
Zonal Vice President of NUJ, Zone A, Comrade Muhammad Tukur Umar, thanked the Kebbi State government for the workshop, urging journalists to always uphold professionalism and patriotism.
Highpoints of the training were presentations by the Department of State Services (DSS), Nigeria Police Force (NPF) Police and Independent Electoral Commission (INEC).