Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo and Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Saturday urged the media to continue to do everything within its powers to ensure that members adhere strictly to the code of ethics to preserve the sanctity of the profession.
The duo spoke at the 2019 Biennial Convention of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) held at the Airport Hotel in Ikeja, Lagos, well attended by members of the Guild from across the country.
In his goodwill message, Governor Ambode who was represented by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan said the media must continue to up the ante in its primary responsibility as the watchdog of the society.
Noting that the theme of the convention, ‘Media Convergence As Strategy For Survival’ was very apt, he said the State Government has drawn ideas and policy formation as well as execution from the criticisms and suggestions from the media.
“We have learnt from your informed commentaries, reflecting deep concern about the need for solutions to problems that all of us worry about uninterrupted electricity, efficient transportation, affordable housing and the ease of doing business.
“What we have witnessed in Lagos state in the past four years and particularly the commissioning of transformational projects in recent times bear testimony to the fact that your criticisms and suggestions towards a livable megacity have contributed to our policy formulation and execution,” he said.
The Governor alluded to the fact that his administration benefitted immensely from the coverage of landmark programmes and projects as media monitoring records revealed over 80 percent reportage of the State Government in the last four years was positive.
“I appeal that the guild continue to see the stables and the titles as stakeholders whose social responsibility to actualise the vision of a greater Lagos will be taken to the next level by my successor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the incoming governor,” he said.
Governor Ambode also commended the Guild for the choice of Lagos as the venue of its conference, saying that it was not just a vote of confidence in his administration for building a safe and secure city, but also an editorial comment on the freedom of the press as a fundamental pillar of the democratic culture of Lagos State.
In his keynote address, Professor Osinbajo urged media practitioners to be open to the reality that the new and digital media was gradually taking over the traditional media.
The Vice President, however, said the greater worry was the fact that the new media had been saturated with several mushroom platforms, which do not regard the ethics of the profession in disseminating information.
“Editors must now take over the online media as seriously as they did to the traditional media and that move has to be unprecedented. What we see today is that instant reporting is making a mince meat of the virtues of cross checking facts before publishing.
“Since the role of editors is quality control and gate keeping, of the things they must do is to manage the new media and place some form of control. Some people must take the lead to speak up against the bastardization of the new media as it is gradually relegating investigative journalism,” Osinbajo said.
He also urged the media to invest in technology and continue to strive to ensure that they maintain their code of ethics, saying that failure to do this will be detrimental to the profession.
“I urge you to continue to abide by the journalism code of ethics of honesty, independence, accuracy, balance and public accountability. The time has come for editors to ensure that the thread of journalists of repute does not become a thing of the past.
The Vice President and Governor Ambode were later presented with commendation plagues by the Guild for their support and commitment to the media profession, while elections were conducted to elect new officers of the Guild.
ABIODUN COMMISSIONS FOUR PROJECTS IN ODEDA LGA
The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has commissioned four projects in Odeda Local Government Area, Ogun State, in order to improve socio-economic growth of the people, especially those at the grassroots level.
He said the projects were aimed at boosting the economy and security around Odeda, as it shares boundary with Oyo State, noting that the 40 Open Stalls at Gbonnagun market, Obantoko; 16 Lock-Up shops at the Osiele market and 20 Open Stalls at Kila market were built to complement the existing stalls and also to assist the traders reduce stress and risks associated with selling by the road-side.
The governor, represented by the State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Afolabi Afuape, stated that the re-constructed Police Post at Bakatari would help reduce security threats around the area.
He maintained that Local Governments are to complement the efforts of the State government in delivery of dividends of democracy to the people; expressing optimism that all the 20 LGAs would have more projects to showcase by the time his administration would be rounding-off.
“You entrusted your votes to us, I assure you that we will not disappoint you as we will continue to work for the success of everyone, most especially those at the grassroots, likewise the urban inhabitants will also benefits maximally from our government,” governor saidI
In his remarks, the Transition Chairman, Hon. Semiu Lawal implored the market leaders, traders and the people of Odeda to judiciously use the facilities and ensure peaceful co-existence especially in the Bakatari axis of the Local Government Area.
He promised the State Governor that the support given to them would be put to effective use in developing their areas.
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SGF urges Nigerians to embrace 60th Anniversary Logo
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, has urged Nigerians to embrace the 60th Anniversary Logo of “Together Shall We Be”.
Mustapha made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN), in Abuja, on Wednesday.
“Nigeria’s 60th anniversary logo is a symbol of the our journey to nationhood that should be embraced by all.
“The Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC), on Nigeria’s 60th Anniversary celebration had a very robust input and finally settled on the one that recognises Nigeria’s sojourn to nationhood.
“The IMC identified the challenges faced and what is required to move Nigeria to its enviable stage among the comity of nations.
“To arrive at a logo, the IMC reviewed 15 entries by patriotic Nigerians.
“We appreciate all efforts made.
“Out of these 15 logos, the IMC chose the best four that were then subjected to a Diamond/Change/Innovation challenge on a website specifically designed for that purpose,”the SGF explained.
According to him, Nigerians from all walks of life participated in the whole process that required selection of a logo, best fit slogan, appropriate poetry and accompanying photographs.
The SGF noted that the outcome of the above processes as it relates to the logo was what President Mohammadu Buhari unveiled as well as the theme agreed by the IMC.
“On the other hand, the IMC would conclude the winning entries for the slogan, poetry and photography after which winners would be given prize money at a separate event,” he said.
NAN reports that President Buhari unveiled the anniversary logo and pledged that his administration will continue to work towards greater inclusiveness.
NAN reports that the unveiling was held at the 15th virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) at the State House, Abuja.
Buhari described the logo as a product of choice from Nigerians who participated in the selection process.
He noted that 60 years of independence calls for pomp and pageantry. (NAN)
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