The governor of Niger state, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has stated that his administration is open to constructive criticism to expose any wrongs of his government but not criticism aimed at settling personal scores.
Governor Abubakar Bello who spoke while receiving members of Niger state council of Nigeria Union of Journalists led by the chairman Mohammad Mohammad on a courtesy visit at the Government House in Minna also said that he was responsible for all appointments he has made so far.
Apparently reacting to the criticism he has received since he announced the appointment of some of his aides, the governor maintained that the people of the state should give him the benefit of doubt and wait until those appointed cannot perform before criticizing him.
According to him, genuine and constructive criticism will help keep his government in check but criticizing for no just reasons or to settle personal scores will do no good.
“Any where we go wrong, I want the journalists to expose it so far as what you write has no personal intention.”
On the criticism of his appointments, he stated that “I take full responsibility for all the appointment s, if anything goes wrong and I did not take action you can hold me responsible”.
While urging journalists to help in educating the people of the state , he stated that there are over 4 million people in Niger state and not all of them will be appointed to serve in his government.
He stated also that journalists should bring credibility to the profession to make sure that the profession would not be used as a tool for blackmail, so that the dignity of the practitioners should be sustained hence the profession is key to the development of the society.

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