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NAFDAC’s spokesman decries non-payment of media workers

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Dr. Abubakar Jimoh


The Spokesman of the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Abubakar Jimoh, has faulted media owners in the country who do not pay salaries to their workers, insisting that it is a sin.

Jimoh, yesterday, at the formal launch of the Presidential Diary Magazine, said that the Presidential Diary was established to bridge the gap between the government and the governed in Nigeria in the provision of information on the activities of government.

This is even as the Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, called on journalists in Nigeria to do their work with the gravy task it deserved.

Represented by the Wife of the Vice President, Dolapo Osinbajo, Mrs. Buhari applauded journalists in Nigeria for educating Nigerians at all times.

Speaking further, Jimoh said: “For me as a practicing journalist before I veered into public relations, I have seen that journalists are suffering and the constituency is being deprived and the manifest destiny of an average Nigerian journalists is not being realized. “The take home pay of a brilliant journalist cannot take him to the next bus stop and some of them are given an ID card as their meal ticket. This is sinful. I believe that we need to restore the dignity of Nigerian journalists and the practice of journalism in Nigeria.”

He explained: “The Presidential Diary Magazine is my vision as part of my social responsibility. As a Public Relations practitioner and as a spokesman for NAFDAC, I have been interacting with journalists and have been managing information and have discovered a gap between the governed and the citizens. “To that extent, the Presidential Diary Magazine came as a deliberate effort to fill that gap. I decided to assemble a crop of seasoned journalists together to assist me in realizing this vision to bridge the gap.

“Government is doing so much and less is being reported. The down trodden who are supposed to take ownership of the lofty programmes of the government do not even know because of the low literacy level in the country, especially in the hinter land.”

Jimoh added: “The Presidential Diary Magazine is my vision as part of my social responsibility. As a practitioner and as a spokesman for the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), I have been interacting with journalists and have been managing information and have a discovered a gap between the governed and the citizens. To that extent, the Presidential Diary Magazine came as a deliberate effort to fill that gap.”

I decided to assemble a crop of seasoned journalists together to assist me in realizing this vision to bridge the gap. Government is doing so much and less is being reported and we believe that.”

“As part of democracy, the citizens deserve to access information that will be useful to them. Government is talking about diversifying the economy, but less of information is out their in the public domain.

The down trodden who are supposed to take ownership of the lofty programmes of the government do not even know, especially, because of the low literacy level in the country, especially in the hinter land.”


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