Journalists in Bayelsa State have been advised to stop making their platforms available to those who indulge in politics of hate in order to sustain public peace and development.
The Commissioner of Information and Orientation, Barrister Esueme Dan Kikile, yesterday gave the advice during a familiarisation visit to the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, in Yenagoa.
Kikile said government will continue to accommodate constructive criticisms from any quarter, but insisted that a situation where media channels are used to denigrate the office of the governor is unhealthy.
The commissioner disclosed that as the campaigns are drawing near, the Restoration Government under Governor Dickson’s watch is willing to engage the opposition on issue based electioneering campaigns, while calling on politicians to put the interest of the state above political divides.
He described the media as the chief driver of every meaningful development, assuring NTA Yenagoa of robust partnership for effective information dissemination.
The commissioner said as partners in the development of the state, the general manager of the station will be part of the media management team in the state and used the forum to invite the station to the governor’s media chat which would come up soon.
Earlier, the General Manager of NTA Yenagoa, Mr. Tunde Oladunjoye, thanked the commissioner for finding time to visit the station.
Oladunjoye said Kikile was the first commissioner of information to ever pay the station an official visit.
He informed him that the objective of the station is to serve the community where it is located, as well as present projects and policies of the government at all levels through objective reportage.
The general manager proposed a 30-minute programme every week to effectively achieve the noble objective.

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