Speaker, Delta State
House of Assembly, Rt. Hon
Monday Igbuya has stressed
the need for media practitioners
to be thorough and armed with
accurate facts and figures in
their investigative journalism.
He also asked them to always
project the image of the state in
its true perspective to counter
the negative picture being
presented by some individuals.
Igbuya, who spoke while
receiving the Nigeria Union
of Journalists (NUJ) Award
of Excellence, in Legislative
Competence and Exceptional
Leadership in Asaba,
expressed disappointment at
the actions of some journalists
in the state.
“Those with sinister motives
rush to online media to air
their frivolous and malicious
publication because it provides
cover for litigation. Sahara
reporters and The Will should
on their part check the veracity
of news item before publishing.
They need to be mindful that
true journalism is not a tool for
witch hunting” he said.
In a tone suggestive of his
condemnation for falsehood,
the speaker said he was
disturbed when Trend; a
new radio station, aired the
purported resignation or threat
of resignation of the managing
director of DESOPADEC.
“There exist a cordial
relationship between the
commission and the House of
Assembly. The commission is
being run by a board saddled
with the policy formulation
of the commission while the
managing director and his
management staff handle
the implementation. The
appropriate place to tender
any thought of resignation is
to the board, not the speaker
of the Delta State House of
Assembly. The pressure over
budget as speculated by the
aforementioned media houses
is purely speculative. As I speak,
the budget of the commission
is not before the House. I
have not seen DESOPADEC
budget” he emphasised.
He urged journalists to stop
engaging in acts inimical to
the development of the state
and prevent themselves from
being used by individuals and
organisations that do not mean
well for Delta State.
“Some days ago, I read a
report in The Will and Sahara
reporters on the remittance
of N325million by council
chairmen. You don’t make
allegations that are unfounded.
Because of paucity of fund in the
state, the allocation to councils
has dropped drastically. Some
local government areas are in
arrears of salaries to their staff.
Some of them do not have
three million as allocation, let
alone raising N3million for the
House of Assembly. In fact, my
local government council got
N2.7 as allocation. So, how can
a council that got N2.7million
pay N3million? Where will the
chairman get the money? Some
got zero allocation. Most local
governments are currently
indebted to the federal
government.”


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