Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Saturday congratulated the new elected state council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), on its successful and peaceful conduct of election, describing the outcome of election “as a victory for every member of the pen profession in the state.
He said “we who should now come together to join the government to set agenda for improved socioe conomic development of the state.
“The governor congratulated the new chairman Mr. Ahmed Abdullateef of the Herald newspapers on his victory. We also congratulate other members of the newly elected council members on the victory.
“The electrifying issues-based campaign recently seen shows that our country is truly evolving. It is now incumbent on everyone, especially all the contestants, to leave the usual pre-election misgivings behind and work together as equal stakeholders in the business of evolving a stronger and more united council in the state,”.
The Governor said in a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Kwara State
Governor, Mallam Rafiu Ajakaye and made available to newsmen in Ilorin on Saturday after the election.
“The government reassures the new council of its full support as the fourth estate of the realm. The administration also thanks the outgone council for its support and understanding. The new council has a mandate, as always, to strengthen media professionalism, discourage sensationalism and war journalism, and embrace development or solution-driven journalism. While the administration commends the NUJ in the state for its principled association with the government in its developmental drive, we appeal for joint efforts with relevant state agencies to fight fake news, ethnic profiling, misinformation, and a growing culture of alternative facts which now threaten our world.
“The administration wishes the newly elected leadership of the Kwara State NUJ Council a successful tenure, and once again congratulates the entire council for what was clearly a peaceful and orderly election and transition which affirm Kwara as the state of harmony.”