FG Condemns Attack On Journalists, Promises Safety

JournalistsThe Federal Government of Nigeria has condemned attacks on journalists in Africa, emphasising the need for their safety in all nations.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, made the statement on Friday in Abuja at the 2016 Federation of African Journalists Conference.

He said that “President Muhammadu Buhari led administration does not pose any form of threat to the media in Nigeria”.

The Minister assured journalists of the government’s commitment towards ensuring their safety in the course of discharging their duties.

He appealed to media establishments to also ensure the physical safety of their personnel across in Nigeria.

In his remarks, the President of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Mr Abdulwaheed Odusile, commended the delegates of the Federation of African Journalists for upholding the unity of Africa.

US Embassy Trains Govt. Spokespersons On Information Management

US EmbassyThe United States Embassy in Nigeria has called on the spokespersons of governors of the 19 northern states of the country not to withhold information about government activities from the public.

This was at a 2-day workshop it organised for the spokespersons in collaboration with the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), in Kaduna State, North West Nigeria.

The essence of the workshop was to assist the participants to refine and learn new techniques on effective press office operations, with particular emphasis on countering radical narratives and creating a strong network of spokespersons throughout the government of Nigeria.

In his speech, the U.S Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, explained the importance of unfettered access to information in the development of democracy and promotion of good governance.

He said that the training would assist the participants to discharge their functions effectively.

Addressing the participants, the Guest Speaker and an America-based Media Consultant, Eduardo Cue, said that the essence of the workshop was to update the skills of the government’s image makers and to also shape the public knowledge of government through the media.

In his address, the NUJ President, Mr Abdulwaheed Odusile, said that the spokespersons were critical in making the government activities open and accessible to the people.

He stressed the need for government officials to exhibit honesty, transparency and collaborate with the media on information dissemination and management.

On his part, Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, who was represented by his deputy, Bala Bantex, charged the spokespersons to make available to the public, the activities of the All Progressives Congress (APC) government at all levels.

Some of the participants said that the workshop would enable them to understand the best ways of managing information as it relates to the activities of their various state governments, and most importantly on how to relate with the media and the public in general.

At the end of the workshop, it is expected that the government spokespersons would be able to make decisions that will satisfy the public interest and their employers, as well as their personal values and professional standards.

‘Work With Me To Rebuild Nigeria,’ Buhari Urges Journalists

Muhammadu-Buhari-and-Nigeria-JournalistsNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has urged journalists to work with his administration to end the scourge of the Boko Haram terrorists, improve national security, rebuild and expand national infrastructure, accelerate the pace of economic development and create more employment opportunities for Nigerian youth.

President Buhari made the demand on Sunday in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

The President congratulated Mr Abdulwaheed Odusile of the Nation Newspapers on his election as the new President of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ).

President Buhari expressed the belief that with Mr Odusile’s worthy credentials, long experience and antecedents as a highly respected and reputable professional, he could be expected to discharge his new responsibility of leading the NUJ to greater heights of accomplishment with distinction.

The President assured the new NUJ President and the newly elected executive officers of the union of the fullest support and cooperation of the Federal Government, as they move to reposition and revitalise the journalism profession in Nigeria for present and future challenges, including the revolutionary impact of new technologies on communications and information dissemination.

President Buhari further assured the new NUJ President and all journalists in Nigeria that his Administration would consistently uphold their right to perform their constitutionally assigned role in the society without hindrance.

He further wished Mr Odusile and other newly-elected executive officers of the NUJ a very successful tenure in the service of their profession and country.