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Our survival is hinged on knowledge acquisition, says Oyo lawmaker

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The Senate spokesperson, Dr. Ajibola Basiru, has said human survival is hinged on acquisition of knowledge as we are in a knowledge-driven society.

Basiru, who stated this while declaring open a one-day workshop for select women journalists by the National Association of Women Journalists, Osun State Chapter in Osogbo, said that journalism requires that the professionals expand their horizon of intellectual acquisition.

The lawmaker took a swipe at journalists who take delight in misinforming the reading public with screaming headlines whose stories are devoid of truths drawn from investigative journalism.

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He said that regulation does not take away freedom of press but is a mechanism to prevent abuse of privilege and protect the press against becoming bastion of lies and calumnies.

He, therefore, enjoined journalists to speak truth to powers, expose corruption and abuse of power using the instrumentality of investigation and truth.

He also prodded newsmen to focus on development journalism instead of dissipating energy on matters that could lead to dismemberment of the nation.

Earlier in her welcome address, Chairman, Osun NAWOJ, Mrs. Motunrayo Ayegbayo, appreciated Basiru for supporting the workshop tremendously, assuring him that NAWOJ will continue to appreciate the senator in all spheres.

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