Media practitioners in Rivers State have been praised for informing and educating the citizens on the policies and programmes of the administration of Governor Nyesom Wike, and assured that the administration is open to constructive criticism.
These declarations were made by the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, at a luncheon with media executives last Friday in Port Harcourt, stressing that only a bad leader would detest constructive criticism.
Pastor Paulinus Nsirim further explained that Rivers state has become a major player in national politics because of the vision and hard work of Governor Nyesom Wike towards rapid infrastructural development of the state, adding that the state has recorded giant strides in 2020 in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic and the global economic recession.
He maintained that, Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has spread developmental projects across all the local government areas of the state, contrary to claims in some quarters that projects are concentrated in Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor local government areas.
The information and communications commissioner also urged the media to guard against the practice of armchair journalism, while assuring that the state government is open to any constructive criticism that will contribute to the developmental efforts of the administration.
“I have said to journalists that it is only a bad leader that will not want constructive criticism, but what we shouldn’t promote is armchair criticism. The media must not allow itself to be a dumping site for armchair criticism”, Nsirim emphasized, even as he challenged media practitioners to always uphold the tenets of objectivity and fairness in the discharge of their statutory responsibilities to society.
Pastor Nsirim commended the media in the State for the cooperation given to the Governor Wike’s administration and appealed for the sustenance of the partnership.
In their remarks, the acting Chairman of the Federated Correspondents Chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Rivers State Chapter, Mr. Amaechi Okonkwo; Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Journalists in Rivers State, Stanley Job Stanley; the representative of RIVPA, Ngo Martins-Yellowe; the General Manager, Rivers State Television Pastor Dafini Gogo-Abe and the Deputy National President, Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, Mrs. Lilian Okonkwo-Ogabu, all lauded Pastor Nsirim for building a bridge of friendship between the State Government and the media in the State.