Press freedom in Delta State has been taken a notch higher with the encouragement of media practitioners in the state to give voice to dissenting voices as they propagate the Stronger Delta milestones.
The state’s spokesman and Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu gave the charge when he hosted The Truth chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Asaba yesterday.
According to Aniagwu, ‘’you must not lose sight of the need to report the entire society because we believe that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has continued to pursue programmes and policies aimed at advancing good governance, prosperity and the wellbeing of Deltans’’.
‘’We are not in any way intimidated by the views that are likely going to be expressed by those who may not necessarily be in sync with our efforts as a government at the moment.
‘’This means that you must give such dissenting voices the opportunity to speak because, as a government, we have also garnered enough goodwill that will speak for us on the same platform’’ he said while motivating young journalists in the state.
While encouraging the chapel, Aniagwu assured them of his continued support towards creating an enabling environment for media practitioners in the state, and appreciated them for supporting the Okowa administration.
Remarking, Chairperson of the Chapel, Dorothy Mbasen recognized efforts of the commissioner in propagating the state in positive light, even as she advocated deeper collaboration between the government and the media.
Referring to the commissioner, Mbasen said, ‘’we have observed that you are firmly committed to nurturing, enhancing and fostering positive image for the state’’ adding, ‘’we are poised to promote the policies government’s policies and programmes and we believe that sustained collaboration with media stakeholders at all levels will boost the image of the state government’’