Gov Ambode

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has hailed journalism profession as one that has produced role models, legendary and patriotic Nigerians, therefore charging them to curtail the activities and effects of quacks in the profess
Ambode said journalists were fundamental to the defence and promotion of democracy and electoral process in Nigeria, urging them to sustain the integrity and reputation the profession accords.
The Governor who spoke at the weekend during the opening ceremony of the first quarterly National Executive Council, NEC, meeting of the NUJ, called on journalists to sustain the legacies laid down by its founding fathers.
Governor Ambode, who was represented by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, said, “I urge you to continue to guard your reputation and integrity against the activities of fifth columnists who may want to capitalise on the fluidity of internet communication and post scurrilous and unfounded information on supposed blog sites to cause disharmony and disaffection in the society.
“In as much as the Constitution guarantees freedom of speech, we should be responsible with our utterances and statements,” he said.
He urged the union to use the NEC meeting to review the various channels for accessing information, especially in the public interest, including the provisions of the Freedom of Information, FOI, Act.
“Journalists are agents of change by virtue of your profession and relevance to the society. The influence of information managers affects the way we live and do business, more importantly in the global community,” he said.
Governor Ambode also charged the NUJ to support the efforts of his administration by deploying their skills in helping to find solutions to some of the nation’s challenges.
“In addition to communicating the message of “change” and holding individuals and government officials accountable for their actions, I believe you possess the training and skills to effectively collaborate with relevant government agencies in beaming light on critical national issues bordering on corruption insecurity and those that could lead to the recovery of our “Chibok Girls” among others.
He assured that his administration will continue to promote freedom of speech with responsibility, just as he assured of a safe and secured Lagos that will be a haven for all to live and prosper.

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