GOVERNOR HENRY SERIAKE DICKSON PARLEYS THE FEDERATED CHAPEL OF JOURNALISTS BAYELSA STATE CHAPTER IN GOVERNMENT HOUSE TODAY
Today, in Yenagoa, the Governor of Bayelsa State hosted members of the Federated Chapel of Journalists in Government House – Yenagoa.
The leadership of the Federated Chapel of Journalists, Bayelsa State Chapter thanked Governor Henry Seriake Dickson and commended him as a man of the people. The Federated Chapel of Journalists assured Governor Dickson that the media in Bayelsa State will continue to support the administration in objectively reporting the laudable policies, plans and programmes, adding that within the first 200 days of the administration, very bold strides have been taken to address security, education and infrastructure in the State. The Chapel commended Governor Dickson for awarding contracts to tried and tested construction companies such as Julius Berger and Setraco to fast track development in the State.
The Chapel outlined some of the pressing demands to include: a promise of N6 million Naira, a Bus needed for the mobility of Journalists, the yearly rent and the need for internet facilities at the Secretariat. The Chapel appealed to the Governor to assist the Chapel in the provision of resources that would enable member practice journalism in a conducive environment.
In his remarks, Governor Dickson promised to provide a Bus to the Federated Chapel of Journalists and asked them to liaise with the Hon. Daniel Markson-Iworiso the Chief Press Secretary to organize a media event where the earlier promise of the N6million would be fulfilled. Governor HSD said ‘robust journalism can only be practiced in a conducive environment and in this ICT age, the role of the internet cannot be under-estimated” Accordingly, Governor Dickson pledged to pay the rent of the Chapel and provide internet connectivity at the Secretariat.
Governor Dickson assured journalists in the State a new lease of life. He said, governance is not a popularity contest and his administration will on Friday this week pay out N10billion to three construction giants to vigorously pursue rapid infrastructural development. He enjoined Journalists in the State to contribute their quota in building Bayelsa State and urged them to avoid sensationalism in news reportage.
Mr. Willie Etim of the Guardian thanked the Governor for his magnanimity and promised that the media will constructively engage Government with a view to promoting transparency, accountability and good governance. Even within this short period there are signposts of good governance in Bayelsa State, he added!
Media Houses present include: The Nation Newspaper; The Vanguard; ThisDay; Daily Champion; The Guardian Newspaper; National Mirror; National Creed; The Sun; The Punch; Daily Independent, the News Agency of Nigeria, NANS among others.
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