Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has called on journalists serving in the state to work towards the sustenance and improvement of democracy through accurate reportage of events.
Speaking yesterday at the Government House, Port Harcourt, when he granted audience to the Rivers State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Governor Wike added that contrary to the position taken by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, there are no security issues in the state to warrant the non-conduct of the remaining rerun elections.
He said the media is quick to report the security challenges in the state, but fail to report the improvements recorded in the last three months.
“If what is happening in Lagos State where militants are being rooted out by the military happens in Rivers State, it would have seen negative headlines against the state on a daily basis.
“If you report accurately, the society will move forward. Journalists are part of the challenge in our society. Your failure to let the society know the truth is part of the crisis,” he said.
The governor advised them to always take into consideration the efforts of government whenever they report on security issues.
He said the state government will partner with the NUJ on the dissemination of information for the development of Rivers.
He announced the donation of a Toyota Coaster Bus to the state NUJ.
Earlier, the State NUJ Chairman, Mr Omoni Ayo-Tamuno, commended the governor for his development projects.
He said the union will always partner with the state government to enhance development.