Journalists in Kaduna State have been tasked to rise up towards addressing the trend of negative reportage and unethical journalism, in the pen profession.
The Deputy Governor of kaduna State, Hadiza Balarabe gave the advice when she received a delegation of the Executive members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Kaduna State Council under the leadership of Asmau Yawo Halilu at the Government House Kaduna.
Hadiza Balarabe urged the journalists to support the state government in providing relevant, reliable and factual information to the people.
She said the call had become necessary considering the key role journalists played in promoting national development.
According to her, “We want to have that kind of partnership that helps us to give relevant, realistic and reliable information to the public”,
The Deputy Governor further said the State government has a lot of ongoing programs especially in the area of human capital development but regretted that, people were not aware because of lack of information.
She mentioned that, proper information dissemination to the public would go a long way in improving wealth and job creation as well as education.
Hadiza Balarabe, congratulated the new executive members of the union and equally asked them to work toward promoting peace and development in the country.
The Deputy Governor further solicited for bonding with journalists in Kaduna so as to have a common front in information dissemination.
In her remark, the Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ Kaduna State Council Asmau Yawo Halilu said the visit was to introduce the newly elected officials of the union to the Deputy Governor and also to deepen the union’s relationship with the state government.
Asmau who revealed that, NUJ has been a stakeholder in the promotion of good governance, also commended the efforts of government particularly in the areas of education, youth development, security, health and Execution of various development projects.
According to her, the council is aware that government approved N250 million last year to help women space child birth delivery, describing the development as unprecedented because no state has allocated anything close to that before in Nigeria.
Asmau Yawo Halilu therefore appealed to the government to consider capacity training for journalists in Kaduna, saying it would have great impact on the output members.