Oyo creating enabling environment for journalists – Gov. Makinde

Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo state has reiterated his administration’s commitment to creating an enabling environment for journalists to operate without fear or hindrance.

The governor stated this at the opening of the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) on Friday, in Ibadan.

Represented by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation,  Mr Dotun Oyelade, the governor promised that his administration would continue to support and partner with the NUJ to ensure that journalism thrives in the state and Nigeria at large.

“As a government, we recognise the critical role the media plays in our democracy and we are committed to creating an enabling environment for journalists to operate without fear or hindrance.

“Our administration has been working tirelessly to improve the welfare and safety of our citizens and we believe that a free and independent press is essential to achieving this goal.

“In the area of journalists’ welfare, we have provided financial support to the NUJ during national and state functions, including donation of a brand new bus among others,” he said.

Earlier in his remarks, the NUJ Chairman in Oyo state, Mr Demola Babalola, said that journalists must acknowledge the challenges that lie ahead in journalism profession.

According to him, the rise of fake news, the erosion of press freedom and the threat to the profession from vested interests that seek to undermine its credibility and objectivity are all issues that must be confronted head-on.

“We must adapt and evolve, embracing new technologies and platforms, while simultaneously upholding the timeless values of our profession.

“In this era of rapid digital transformation, it is imperative that we equip ourselves with the necessary skills to navigate the complex landscape of modern journalism.

“We must embrace innovation, diversity, and the power of storytelling to shape narratives and change lives.

“It is through these efforts that we will secure the sustainability and relevance of our profession for generations to come,” he said.

The NUJ quarterly NEC meeting being held in the state will end on Saturday.

The NUJ President, Chris Isiguzor; the NUJ Vice-president Zone B, Ronke Samo; and Abdulrasaq Alege, NUJ Zone B Secretary; are among participants at the meeting.

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