‘Nigeria suffering from maladministration’
Adegboruwa canvasses press freedom to promote democracy
The Chartered Institute of Administration has said that maladministration and lack of strong institution created by the strongmen need urgent intervention to achieve Nigeria’s Vision 20:2020.
The institute said there was need for key stakeholders in the country to come together and chart a way forward to deliver the nation from its many challenges.
President of the institute, Samson Olapade, who gave the charge yesterday at the third administrators’ national conference with the theme, “Strategic Administration of Organisations: Times and Challenges,” aimed at tackling the issues that have bedeviled the country, said that the conference would provide an avenue for all administrators in the country to discuss the issues of the nation and come up with solutions to achieve growth and development.
In another development, rights activist and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr. Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN), has said that absolute press freedom is highly desirable for Nigeria and will promote her democracy.
Adegboruwa said this yesterday while delivering a paper at the 2019 yearly lecture of the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Lagos Branch.
He noted that the concept of press freedom is well entrenched in the laws of Nigeria while the Nigerian constitution, apart from imposing a duty on the media to hold government accountable to the people, has also made provision for the freedom and right of the press to carry out the onerous task to promote nation-building.
He, therefore, implored the government to develop the political will providing structures and policies towards promoting the use of abundant existing legislations to protect the right of citizens to press freedom.
In his speech at the event, Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), assured of government’s resolve to ensure the thriving of press freedom.
Onigbanjo, represented by Dr. Jide Martins, said that Lagos State would ensure that press freedom is not abused but used to advance constructive criticism.
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