Media aides to Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel urged broadcast journalists in the state to strive towards attaining objectivity while serving information on issues to the general public.
The aides made the call yesterday, during a familiarisation visit to the management of the newly opened Inspiration 105.9 FM in Uyo.
The team which include, both the Special Assistants to the Governor on Media, Essien Ndueso, Uwemedimo Umanah and their counterpart on New Media. Mrs Meflyn Anwana, emphasised that the visit was to cement a relationship and partnership with the electronic media in line with Governor Udom’s policy towards bringing development to the state.
Speaking at the occasion, Ndueso advised that presenters in the electronic medium key into the developmental agenda of Gov. Emmanuel and support him in his bid to move Akwa Ibom State to the next level.
“The Governor is development-minded. He loves development and that is his wish for Akwa Ibom people, and that is what the people saw in him before they went out en-mass to vote for him on April 11, 2015. “Since May 29, 2015 when Mr. Udom Emmanuel was sworn-in as Governor, he has not relented despite the decline in the economic fortunes of the country, he has made sure that he remains upbeat and undaunted in delivering superior performance and industrialising the state, which has made Akwa Ibom State one of the fastest growing economies in the country.”
On the other part, Umanah urged presenters to focus on the viable and salient aspects of development that has brought about positive turn-around in the society, saying that the government of Governor Udom Emmanuel means well for the people.
“This is the only state in Nigeria that has taken development seriously and comprehensively. By the time you focus on objectivity, you will discover that your station stands the test of time. I’m not saying the station should be unnecessarily pro-government, but some level of objectivity and key into creating structural agenda and key into the vision of the government which is developmental in nature.” He noted
Also speaking, Mrs. Meflyn Anwana, urged Inspiration FM to pay more attention on the youths and to incorporate young people with young might who are very talented.
“We have young people who have been able to stand up on their own in line with the Dakkada philosophy of the Governor. We also have an active network of media practitioners in Akwa Ibom State. We have professionals not those who are just trying to do something. I believe Inspiration FM will also look into inspiring some of our youths who are talented and engage them proficiently in the global space”.
In his reaction, the General Manager of Inspiration FM, Mr. Samuel Akpan, reassured of partnership with the developmental agenda of Governor Udom Emmanuel in line with the Dakkada philosophy.
“We have taken time to look around the state, having heard much about the Dakkada philosophy of Governor Udom Emmanuel, and we have decided to partner in the developmental agenda.
We are not a political station. We don’t take sides with any political party, once your programmes are okay and people-oriented, we will support it.’’ He added