THE Secretary to Niger State Government (SSG), Alhaji Ahmed, has urged journalists to embark on investigative and balanced reporting in the state.
Matane made the call when he received members of the Federated Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Niger chapter on Tuesday in Minna.
“Right now journalists in the state and the country are not doing enough.
“This is because investigative journalism and balanced reporting is the in thing around the globe today; but it’s not so in this part of the world.
“Investigative journalism and balanced reporting is good for the people and government because it will bring out the grievance of the people and what they want government to do in order to make life better,” he said.
Matane said that the measure would spur the people and the government to always fulfill their obligations towards the development of the society.
“It will ensure that our people fulfill their civic responsibility and prompt government to serve the people better,” he said.
The SSG decried a situation where journalists only write positive things about the government without bringing out the negative side if there is any.
“It is not good when journalists keep saying good things about government when there are also negative sides.
“You need to investigate and balance your information to enable the people and the government work towards the development of the society,” he said.
Malam Aminu Garko, spokesman of the group, assured the SSG that the union would partner with the office of the SSG to diseminate information about the state.
“We will do our best to ensure that we cover government activities including other sectors of the state.
Garko, who is the State Correspondent of NAN, said that the journalists would continue to play their constitutional role of watchdog of the society.
– July 16, 2019 @ 17:05 GMT |