Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has appealed to journalists in the state to embark more on the things that hold the nation together.
PDP state chairman, Felix Obuah made the appeal yesterday in Port Harcourt in his goodwill message to mark this year’s World Press Freedom Day celebration.
In a statement of goodwill entitled ‘Kudos to the Nigerian Press,’ the Obuah said, “Considering the humble beginning of the press in Nigeria, and the height it has attained today in global reckoning, our media men and women should be commended.
“They have actually done well by all descriptions having overcome the challenges posed by the analogue system to competing with the rest of the world in the contemporary digital and internet media regime.”
He, however, regretted that the Nigerian press was yet to pull off completely the vestiges of westernisation in news reporting and coverage.
“Rather than highlight the developmental projects and landmark achievements as is the case in Rivers State under Governor Nyesom Wike, some media men seem to be reluctant to do so, and prefer to promote those things that tend to threaten the unity of our people,” Obuah further noted.
According to him, “The massive developmental projects and the near magical turn-around of the situation in the state from the parlous and precarious state left behind by the immediate past regime under Rotimi Amaechi ought to attract media searchlight for global attention than they have recorded.”
He enjoined media practitioners to be wary of enemies of progress in whatever guise, who revel in distracting them from objective and impartial reportage which is the fulcrum of journalism.
He recalled the opening of the courts after the unusual clampdown by the Amaechi administration for one full year, the face-lift being given to the judiciary for optimal performance, reactivation of the moribund state legislature as some of the massive achievements of Governor Wike.
Others, he noted, included massive infrastructural development across the 23 local government areas of the state, payment of all the backlog of salary arrears and pensions owed civil servants and pensioners by the immediate past administration.
The party boss, who described Governor Wike as the “people’s governor,” also catalogued positive changes aimed at repositioning higher institutions of education in the state, youths and women empowerment programmes as uncommon feasts of the governor.


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