Chief of Staff to Kogi State Governor, Hon Edward Onoja has appealed to journalists in the state to help promote the virtues of the state by writing about the achievements of the present administration, rather than allowing it being negatively portrayed to other parts of the country.
In doing this, Onoja suggested on Monday in Lokoja that journalists should carry out investigations into areas where the government of Alhaji Yahaya Bello has made headways, especially in security, rural infrastructure, health, revenue generation, solid minerals, education, and civil service reforms among others.
He was addressing journalists at the press centre of the Nigerian Union of Journalists in a press briefing as part of the accountability measures put in place by the present administration in the state.
The Chief of Staff suggested that media practitioners avoid being used by elements that are determined to divide the people along ethnic and religious lines despite the efforts of government in uniting the people of the state.
He mentioned that Governor Bello has shown his sincerity of purpose since his assumption of office over two years ago of his determination to remove bias in all his policies and programmes by operating an open – door and all – inclusive policies to drive home his agenda for Kogi state.
Hon Onoja debunked the rumours making the rounds that the present administration has alienated the elderly from the governance of the state and said Governor Bello values experiences that would effectively guide how the state is governed, hence the constitution of bodies whose memberships comprise only seasoned individuals.
He called on journalists to take a cue from media practitioners in other states of the federation who have assisted their state governments in spreading information that have helped such governments improve their revenue bases and enhance their capacity in infrastructural development and other essential services for societal growth.
While praising the Governor for his exploits in the area of security, he urged the journalists to also look into the positive gains that have been recorded in the area of health, job creation especially in the agricultural sector, tourism and solid minerals; rural infrastructure, civil service and pension reforms.
He lamented the situation the state had to endure before the advent of this government in terms of need for reform in the civil service, adding that Governor Bello is more interested in leaving a sustainable legacy for the progress of the state than those who have been milking the state unjustly prior.
Culled from InsideStory