By Niyi Olutunde, Akure
The Ondo State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Engr Ade Adetimehin has declared that impacts of any government cannot be felt by the masses without the full support of the media and journalists.
This was just as he solicited the support of the media in publicizing various people’s oriented projects of the present administration of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu in Ondo state.
Adetimehin made the disclosure on Monday at the Press Centre, Alagbaka, Akure during a special get-together to celebrate the emergence of new Executives of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Ondo state Council.
It would be recalled that on March 21, 2019, members of NUJ in the state filed out to elect Adetona Aderoboye – Chairman, Hakeem Gbadamosi – Vice Chairman, Leke Adegbite -General Secretary and Adeola Adekunle -Financial Secretary.
However, to justify his friendship with the pen profession, the APC State Chairman hosted the Get-Together to bring members of the Union together and their friends.
Adetimehin described the media as a critical segment of the society, that set agenda on how the citizenry would be viewing or assessing political leaders and their administrations, hence the need for any leader that wishes to succeed to positively relate with media professionals.
His words, “I don’t think any government or political leader can make headway or succeed without media’s support. If you are doing laudable projects as government and you don’t get necessary publicity from journalists, people will be thinking or believing such government is not performing.
“We plead with you to continue to support our performing governor, Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, give his laudable projects more publicity. Everybody is commending him over massive roads construction, in the health sector, face-lift and rehabilitation schools’ structures”.
Adetimehin congratulated members of the NUJ in Ondo State over the successful conduct of recent election of the Union and called for a robust working relationship and harmonious partnership between NUJ, State government and the ruling APC for a better service delivery to the public.
The APC Chairman urged all NUJ members to support their new officers for overall growth of the Union.
In a remark, the Acting Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Tayo Ogunleye pledged the support of labour leaders to the new NUJ leadership to succeed.
In an address, the new NUJ Chairman, Adetona Aderoboye who appreciated the support of all journalists in the state, NUJ National President, Chris Izuguso and labour leaders, assured members that the new Executives would deliver on their electioneering promises to uplift the union.
Aderoboye, who commended Adetimehin’s regular support to NUJ over the years, said the union would ensure its members report the state government’s activities adequately and objectively.
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