Gov. Abubakar Sani Bello
As the world marks the 2020 Press Freedom Day, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, of Niger state has commended the noble role being played by Nigerian journalists despite being exposed to various hazards.
Gov. Sani Bello in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary Mary Noel-Berje, made available to SummitNews, underscored the pivotal role of the press in nation- building, saying journalists are offering the society a great service through constant information dissemination.
He described this year’s theme, ‘Journalism Without Fear or Favour’ as apt, stressing that as the Fourth Estate of the Realm, the Press must develop thick, uncompromising skin in the overall societal interests.
According to him, the press has been in the forefront in the fight against the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), admonishing them to take all precautionary measures as they continue to enlighten the public about the danger posed by the pandemic, and urging them not to relent.
Gov. Sani Bello also praised the Press for their sustained reportage in conflict regions such as the fight against insurgents, bandits, kidnappers, urging them to trade with caution.
The governor saluted the resilience of the living and dead journalists, and opined that such journalists who lost their lives in the line of duty should also be treated as heroes in the country.
He urged the press to always imbibe developmental journalism by giving balanced report, and urged them to identify the unqualified, ‘bad eggs’ amongst them, and sanitize the profession in order to continue to earn the respect it has been accorded in the society.
Gov. Sani Bello assured members of the Press in the state of the support of his administration through the provision of unhampered access to information towards the enhancement of their professional functionality.