By Boluwaji Obahopo
LOKOJA—Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has charged journalists to use their profession to promote the country and ensured that good governance was entrenched.
The governor, who gave the charge over the weekend in Lokoja during a two-day symposium on Good Governance organised by Kogi State chapter of Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, also urged journalists to adhere strictly to the ethics of the profession in the course of discharging their responsibility as watchdog of the society.
Bello said: “Journalists all over the world are required to be the watch dog of government, they are to discharge their duties within the ambit of the professional ethics to avoid blowing issues out of proportion.
“The western world use the media to promote their country and democracy, Ours is young and we need to grow fast as government rely heavily on the media to grow.”
Bello, who described the theme of the symposium as appropriate, enjoined the organisers to deepen people’s understanding of good governance through the various sessions and topics.
“I expect the issues around bribery and corruption, abuse of office, conflict of interest, accountability, teamwork, communication, work ethics, among others to be treated in detail,” he said.
He assured of his government’s commitment to NUJ, adding that his administration would create the enabling environment to allow genuine and professional practice of journalism to thrive in the state.
The governor said: “A good government, among other virtues, allows for the free flow of information. We will be open and we solicit the cooperation of the ‘4th Estate of the Realm’ to help improve governance through proper orientation, sustained information dissemination and increased mobilisation of the people of Kogi State in their own government.”