…As Gov. Tasks Journalists on Professionalism
By Waheed Adekunle, Osogbo
The National President, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Mr. Waheed Odusile, has lauded the governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for maximizing the advantage of good governance for greater accomplishments.
Mr. Odusile who described Aregbesola as an exemplary leader, said his achievements in almost six years in office could not be over-emphasized.
NUJ President stated this through his Southwest Vice President, Zone ‘B’, Mr. Cosmas Olalekan Oni during the familiarization visit to the governor by the Southwest leadership of the union, at Government Secretariat, Abere.
The Southwest leadership and members of the Union who were on a peace-making mission to Osun said as part of the visit to the state was also to correct the wrong perceptions held about the state’s leadership of the Union.
Mr. Odusile who commended governor Aregbesola for building a virile legacy for the state, however said the physical infrastructures and human capital development initiatives being put in place by his administration were too conspicuous to be ignored.
Odusile who thanked Aregbesola for supporting his members in the state, said governor Aregbesola’s economic policies and administrative ingenuity painstakingly and consciously designed had helped to ameliorate the teeming lives of the masses and as well place the state to desirable position aspired by all.
He said his trip to the state was an attestation to all the development strides being made by the present administration regardless of the palpable economic recession and financial constraints.
According to him, “Part of our visit to Osun is to commend Mr. Governor for his good works and for exhibiting exemplary leadership since assumption office.
“Our Union is not unaware of his unwavering commitment to all round economic development and political sustainability as this is being manifested in his landmark achievements across the state.
“We are also conscious of your physical infrastructural and human developments across the state in spite the current economic downturn ravaging the state and country at large.
The NUJ National President who decried over what he described as corporate monumental mismanagement and lack of vision by the people at the helms of affairs in the country over the years, however expressed hope over the current economic situation.
He attributed some of the challenges facing the country to bad governance, lack of political will and administrative acumen by the leadership of the country, saying all hands must be on deck to revive the nation from her present economic complications.
Speaking further on the purpose of the visit, Mr. Odusile said the presence of the national leadership of the Union was sacrosanct in a bid to correct the wrong perception against the leadership of the state chapter of the Union over the recent leadership tussle and power play among the ranks and files of the Union.
He debunked the insinuations that there were factions in the state chapter of the Union, saying all the issues ensued had been professionally resolved.
According to him, “Though we had some leadership challenges in the Osun state chapter of our Union but as I am speaking to you, we have resolved all issues.
“Moreover, there is no faction in the ranks and files of our members in the state because determinant issues had been addressed appropriately.
He there called on the members of the Union to continuously recognize the caretaker committee being constituted by the national body of the Union pending the time where fresh election would be conducted.
In his remarks, the governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola tasked Nigerian journalists on the need to contribute their professionalism in driving the nation’s economy for greater productivity and for the attainment of national unity and peaceful cohabitation.
Governor Aregbesola who lamented over the awful activities of some journalists especially at the local level, said it is unfortunate that many journalists have failed on the need to champion the lethargy and ethics of their profession as expected of them.
He said journalists are expected to professionally interface and serve as watchdog between the government and the people, saying anything less would definitely contribute abysmally result to the general psyches of the people.
Governor Aregbesola called on the media practitioners not to compromise the system but rather use the power of information to always inform, sensitize and educate the masses about the happenings in their society.
Aregbesola also enjoined the pen pushers to see their constitutional responsibilities as priority, buttressing that the proper definition of roles must be ascertained by all journalists so as for the nation to be well-informed in various capacity.
He therefore charged the local information officers in the state to live up to expectations by producing periodic publications capable of showcasing the activities of the government to the people.
“Government at times faces poor appreciation from the people due to the inability of media practitioners especially those local information officers to promptly showcase government’s activities.
“For the people to truly understand clearly the impacts of governance, the role of the media must come to play just as the media practitioners need to keep on informing, enlightening and sensitizing the public”, he added.