By Ajibola Abayomi,
May 3, 2018
As media practitioners across the globe mark the World Press Freedom Day, the Rivers State chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Bro Felix Obuah says the Nigerian Press deserves a pat on the back for its courage and resilience against the background of economic hardship and merge salaries for its practitioners.
The State PDP chairman noted that despite observable weaknesses, the Nigerian State still owes the press a lot for its role in nation building, stressing that democratic governance in the country would have been a nullity without the contributions of the press.
Bro Obuah, however, regretted that some sections of the Nigerian Press are yet to grow beyond mere information mercenaries for government officials and certain interest groups while others remain comfortable in the realm of pettiness.
According to the State PDP boss, the era of deadpan reporting has long given way for development based Journalism whereby real development projects and people-oriented leaders should be adequately reported to encourage the citizenry on their civic responsibilities.
Bro Obuah said if the press should live up to this responsibility, leaders like the State Governor, Chief Barr Nyesom Wike should be on the front burner of media reports because of his unrivalled developmental projects vis-à-vis his counterparts across the nation.
He said though the media have done appreciably well in acknowledging and recognizing Gov Wike for his numerous landmark achievements through awards of excellence, there is still need to give publicity to his rural developmental projects much more than is the case presently.
“While I congratulate and identify with you on the occasion of your World Press Freedom Day, I hope you will do better by reporting those who are genuinely diligent in their duties and prudent in management of resources entrusted to them like the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike. Happy World Press Freedom Day celebration,” Bro Obuah declared.