Veteran journalist and ex Ogun State state Gov, Olusegun Osoba and Delta State Gov., Emmanuel Uduaghan
Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, has called for closer interaction between the State Governors and Media Editors in the country.
Governor Uduaghan who made this call in Uyo, Capital of Akwa Ibom State at the weekend during the 8th All Editors Conference such interface would help government efforts in managing security challenges in the country.
The Governor whose remarks was centred on the theme of the conference, ’’National Security and the Editor’ ’noted that such an interactive forum will create a platform that would enable governors give accurate briefing about happenings in their respective states.
Besides, he said that it would enable the media and the editors in particular appreciate better the security challenges and the government perspective.
Dr. Uduaghan appealed to them to prevail on their reporters in the field to be guided by the interest of the country first and foremost, especially as it affects crisis prone areas of the Niger- Delta.
He traced the origin of the Niger/Delta Crisis to the ethnic crisis that engulfed the Warri axis of Delta state in the 90’s, stressing that the region still had security challenges to contend.
’’We still have armed youths engaged in criminal acts like kidnapping, vandalism etc. We still have political challenges that are heating up the polity as the 2015 general elections draw near’’. Governor Uduaghan stated.
He added that his comment on the issue of offshore/onshore dichotomy was merely an advice and not a threat saying: ‘’I only advised that pressing for the reinstatement of the dichotomy to forget it as it is a no go area. It was indeed a candid advice and not a threat’’.
Host governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio, reminded the media of its key role of shaping the views of the people.
He therefore urged Editors to focus on things that will unite the country rather than sowing the embers of disunity.
Instructively Akpabio tasked the Newspaper Chiefs to always portray the country positively because, according to him, ”the way editors see Nigeria is the way Nigeria will become’’.
The governor of Plateau state, David Jang urged that true federalism should be practiced in the country based on equity, justice and fairness.
In addition, he asked that the rights indigenes across the country should be respected.