Abuja-The Federal Government on Thursday, promised to create an enabling environment for the Nigerian media to grow and become Africa’s voice.
The Minister of Information and Communications, Mr Labaran Maku, made the pledge in Abuja when he paid courtesy visits to the management of Leadership and Daily Trust Newspapers.
“As Minister of Information and Communications, my responsibility is to create an enabling environment for the steady growth of the media, particularly the private media,’’ he said.
He expressed the hope that the Nigerian media would one day grow in quality, standard and reach to become the authentic African voice.
He challenged the media on the need to set national agenda and focus on developmental issues, instead of focusing on personalities and politicking.
Maku stressed the need for media organisations to uphold the ethics of the profession and work toward evolving a great, united and virile nation.
He reiterated the Federal Government’s commitment to bringing peace and stability to Jos, Bauchi, Borno, Niger Delta and all other troubled spots in the country.
The Minster called on politicians to desist from playing politics of ethnicity and religion, especially as the April election beckoned.
He said the government was working with religious leaders, traditional rulers, NGOs and other stakeholders on the need for peaceful co-existence and better community relations.
According to him, government is evolving a holistic strategy to deal with the situation permanently rather than a fire-brigade approach that would only bring temporary solution.
“It is not just a security issue but a lot has to do with community relations and you will agree with me that it is not all the strategies that can be discussed on the pages of newspapers.
“But I can assure you that the President is committed to achieving peace in these areas,’’ he said.
Mr Azubike Ishiekwene, the Managing Director, Leadership Newspapers, said the organisation was committed to upholding the ethics of the profession.
Malam Munir Dan-Ali, the Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Trust Newspapers, thanked the Minister for the visit and pledged to join the ministry in building a united, virile nation. (NAN)