The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, has urged journalists to be objective and unbiased in carrying out their responsibility, saying that the world is changing and Nigeria cannot be left behind, therefore, he charged them to take up the challenge by informing the public rightly and investigating their sources of news thoroughly and balancing their stories before going to public domain.
Fashola gave this advice when he received in audience, the Executive Members of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Oyo State Council in his Abuja office late yesterday.
The Minister said that the present administration under President Muhammadu Buhari, is leaving no stone untouched on how to make life better for Nigerians in the face of the economic meltdown, adding that government is also committed to security of lives and properties, fight against corruption and improving the nation’s economy.
Fashola stated that the decision of the Federal Government to repositioning the economy through infrastructural development has begun to yield positive result; mentioning “that the contractors on many of the federal roads across the country are back to construction sites engaging host communities by creating employment to Nigerians and generating wealth.” This he added has improved economic status of most Nigerians along such road alignment.
Earlier, the Chairman, the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Oyo State Council, Comrade Adewumi Faniran, had expressed the council’s appreciation to the Minister and the Ministry’s Officials for their unalloyed commitment in making sure that the interest of Nigerians is protected, saying that the council has been monitoring the performance of the Ministry under the leadership of the Minister and that the council is satisfied.
Faniran promised the Minister of the Council’s readiness to make itself available for any media assistance whenever the case arose. The council also used the occasion to inform the Minister about the forth-coming 50 Years Anniversary of the Council on June 12, 2017 and the Minister has been selected as a Guest Speaker and will be decorated as the Man of the Year.
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