Journalists essential to legislative business – Plateau speaker

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The Speaker, Plateau House of Assembly, Mr. Abok Ayuba, has said that journalists are essential to legislative business.

Ayuba stated this on Tuesday in Jos when officials of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Plateau Council, paid him a courtesy visit.

He said that lawmakers were representatives of the people and that the people need to know what the legislators were doing on their behalf.

“We as legislators, we get information from our constituents and give information back to them, and that is our primary responsibility.

“We do nothing on our own, it is what the people of Plateau want for the good of the state that we make it a law.

“And that is why journalists are very important to us.

“We will continue to strengthen our relationship with journalists to keep our people informed about our activities,” he said.

Ayuba promised that the assembly would do its best to train journalists working in the House on how best to report the legislature.

The Chairman of the council, Mr. Paul Jatau, said that the visit was to further strengthen the cordial relationship existing between the assembly and journalists in the state.

Jatau appealed to the speaker to train the assembly’s correspondents on legislative reporting.

He assured the speaker that journalists would continue to discharge their primary responsibility of informing, educating and entertaining the public.

“The more we relate with you the better for the society that we are both serving,” he said.