My administration open to interrogation, says Bagudu
Kebbi State Governor, Abubakar Bagudu, has said that his administration is ready to respond to media inquiries on issues of governance.
Bagudu, who stated this yesterday, while declaring open a two-day workshop on etiquette of new media practice for Social Media Practitioners in the state, made it clear that in line with its open-door policy and transparency in governance, the media could interrogate the administration, but that it will not respond to opinions.
“This government is ready to answer questions from the media or any person. Journalists are free to visit any ministry and interrogate the activities of the government. We are ready to offer relevant information,” he said.
The governor described social media practitioners as agents of development and made a passionate call on conventional and the social media to report objectively the developmental strides of his administration towards solving the myriad problems of the state and the nation at large.
Bagudu also urged the new media practitioners to help security agencies by reporting hideouts and suspicious movement of criminal elements, to strengthen the peace and security in the state.
He said: “The new media is part of the instruments that shape the perception of people in the society, hence the training to unite people at the expense of destroying them via fake news and divisive postings.
“The new media, when used professionally, can aid our security agencies in exposing the hideouts of the criminals and their activities in our society.”
Represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Babale Yauri, the governor called for more concerted efforts by the practitioners and all stakeholders to address challenges of security and unity facing the country.
“Of more serious concern is the challenge to security and national unity. This calls for more concerted efforts by media practitioners and all stakeholders to address the challenges,” he said.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Information and Culture, Rakiya Tanko-Ayuba, said the training was timely, as the nation approaches electioneering period. “You will all benefit from the technicalities, dos and don’ts of social media usage. This will further equip you to be able to practise safely and without bias,” he said.
According to her, the issues of training and retraining must have to be considered to enable the practitioners play their role appropriately without conflicting interest.