Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom has called on media practitioner in Akwa Ibom to be fair and impartial in their reports on the activities of his administration saying there is no democracy without a free press.
Udom who gave the charge on Wednesday at a media briefing in Uyo as part of activities marking the 29th anniversary of the state said the role of the media is very clear as democracy without free press is in servitude.
He enjoined journalist to be committed and stay focused on it onerous task of informing, educating and even entertaining the Nigerian people who are yearnings for accurate information.
‘’I did not say that you must praise us to high heavens always, but if we do well please publish so and if there are areas where there is need for adjustment point it out constructively’’
Some of the things we see daily on the pages of the newspapers here you may not know, do more harm than good to the state, so we must ensue damaging reportage that could scare away investors’’ he stated.
The Governor who said he is very focused in steering the affairs of the state explained that that he is not bothered by the negative reports sponsored by the opposition to distract the smooth running of his administration.
‘’ Yes the pen can be mightier than the sword when there is a strong bond between the pen and the truth, but when the pen deviates from the truth, it can become as weak as the jelly fish’’
He reiterated his call for an urgent diversification of the nation’s economy, arguing that the signs that Nigeria is taking its first step towards genuine development will be her ability to feed its citizens.
Stressing his point on diversifying the economy, the governor said he had anchored his administration’s on five key policy objectives and agenda that will actually promote agriculture because, according to him, Akwa Ibom is a blessed state in terms of agriculture.
Emmanuel said over dependence on oil has not helped the nation and “I think the current economic situation calls for a rethink so that we can now walk the talk of diversification of our economy.
“We need hope. Once we have hope and we know that we are not going to stay where we are forever, then we begin to make the change.