The Bauchi State Government has reiterated its commitment to conduct training programmes for working journalists in the state in order to equip them with professional skills in line with best global practice.
The state Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed, stated this yesterday at the closing ceremony of the 2020 NUJ press week/award presentation and launching of the magazine held at the Command Guest House in Bauchi.
Represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mohammed Ibrahim Alkasim, the governor said journalists and his administration have been partners in progress through the coverage of the activities of the state government.
He said journalists, as the fourth estate of the realm, need to be on their toes, especially in a competitive world, to perform their duties effectively.
According to him, “The government has been following your activities since the commencement of the press week and observes your unity, passion and dedication to your profession. However, you must not be carried away by your successes; you should identify your lapses in order to make amends where necessary.”
Mohammed said that his administration would revive all the state media organisations in order to restore their glory to create more awareness on government programmes and policies, adding that already, the paperwork for the commencement of the NUJ reconstruction project has been finalised through cooperate social responsibility.
He congratulated the NUJ for planning a successful press week and recipients of awards during the event, saying the government will continue to support and improve the welfare of working journalists in the state.
Also Speaking, the state Commissioner for Information and Communication, Hon Dayyabu Chiroma, said the media is a critical institution of the society that has the power to change the perspective of the society through the dissemination of the right information.
Earlier in his address, the state NUJ Chairman, Umar Sa’idu, said the press week was an annual gathering of members of the union in the state in order to foster unity among its members, access performances of outstanding members and stakeholders in the state as well as give a sense of belonging to practising journalists in the state.