President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday, in Abuja, met with members of the Newspaper Proprietors’ Association of Nigeria (NPAN) where they discussed crucial national issues.
The Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Mr. Femi Adesina, who spoke to State House correspondents after the closed door meeting, said that the Federal Government would continue to partner with the media in ensuring speedy progress of the country.
Adesina said “you know that these are the key stakeholders in the Nigerian Project. The media and the government must work together because they have a lot in common.
“So, from time to time, there should be meetings like this between government and media.
“The media, through the executives of the Newspaper Proprietors’ Association of Nigeria brought up some key issues affecting the industry, affecting the country.”
Also speaking in the same vein, Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, expressed optimism that there would be greater partnership between President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration and the media.
According to Shehu, members of the NPAN appreciated the efforts of the President toward tackling challenges in the country.
He said “support for major policies of government is clearly indicated, the war against corruption is very much appreciated and the efforts by the President to deal with North East crisis is a very good success story.
“It is very clear to them (NPAN) that the President has a big plan for the country; one, for the Niger Delta, he has revealed to them that he is giving time to the people he has entrusted the responsibility to sort things out between them and the militants.”
Shehu said that the President had solicited for the support of the media and pledged to look into issues raised by members of NPAN during the meeting.
The members of NPAN, which is a professional body concerned with the regulation of journalism in Nigeria, was led by its National President, Mr Nduka Obaigbena.