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Fayemi extols The Guardian, Newswatch for pursuit of truth, rigour

By Sunday Aikulola
30 November 2021   |   4:06 am
Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has urged Nigerian journalists to be socially responsible even as he lauded The Guardian’s flagship role in changing the nation’s media narrative.

Fayemi. Photo/facebook/JKayodeFayemi

Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has urged Nigerian journalists to be socially responsible even as he lauded The Guardian’s flagship role in changing the nation’s media narrative.

Fayemi, who spoke at the 50th anniversary of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ) & sixth convocation ceremony in Lagos, yesterday, said that modern mass democracy was possible in part because of the mass media, adding that the media creates conditions of dialogue between the rulers and the ruled.

He said: “The media’s role in the period when a nation is experiencing security challenges is critical because these are moments when the civic impact of journalism is fully obvious. It is the time when the media must promote inclusion rather than sectarian exclusion.

“Two important media organisations represented the revival of intellectual leadership of public life by media intellectuals in the 1980s. This included the founding of The Guardian newspapers in 1983 and the Newswatch magazine two years later.”

He noted that the era of high impact media intellectuals was resuscitated in the 1980s, adding that Nigerian journalism embraced a new mandate of ensuring intellectual clarifications of the most urgent problems of the state and society.

He added: “Represented by Stanley Macebuh and Dele Giwa, The Guardian and Newswatch paraded first-rate media intellectuals backed by an excellent reportorial team that exercised caution but exhibited fearlessness in reporting and commenting on public affairs. The opinion pages of The Guardian and Newswatch were the go-to forums for the clarification of the most crucial public issues. They paraded some of the most articulate analysts of the Nigerian condition.

“Even in the reality of autocratic rule and the subversion of the tenets of human freedom and the right to self-rule, these intellectuals and the reporters working with them ensured that the questions of national unity, democratic freedom, justice and equity were at the centre stage of our national debate despite threats of assassination and actual assassinations, imprisonment and threats or actual closures of media houses.”

In his speech, Vice Chairman, Governing Council of NIJ, Ray Ekpu, said the media must strive to discharge its responsibility professionally and ethically without fear or favour, affection or ill-will. He added that this is a sacred responsibility ‘that we cannot and must not run away from.”

Fayemi urges BoI to move farmers from subsistence to commercial, agro processing
From Ayodele Afolabi, Ado-Ekiti

IN another development, Fayemi has urged the Bank of Industry (BoI) to partner with the state to move farmers from subsistence farming to commercial and agro processing level.

Fayemi also urged the BoI to look at the area of the knowledge economy, which is one of the pillars of his administration, for investment.

This is just as the bank said that it had disbursed N19.7 billion to over 3,000 enterprises in the South-West region in the past three years from its own funds.

The governor stated this at the weekend at the official opening of Ekiti branch office of BoI in Ado-Ekiti.