By Stanley Onyekwere
The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has described members of the press as worthy partners in the Abuja Project, as they ensure seamless flow of important feedback and communication on issues, necessary for efficient governance.
Bello, who made this assertion while inaugurating the newly elected executives of the FCT Ministers’ Press Corps on Tuesday, said he has always relied on the support and cooperation of the Press Corps in the discharge of his duties as Minister.
His words: “There is no doubt, if there is any agency or part of the wider FCT Administration family that has really helped me in this onerous job of working as the FCT Minister, I think it is the FCT Minister’s Press Corps.
“All of you have been partners in all the things we have done through your leadership because I’ve been able to receive very important feedback and communication from all of you through your leadership and I thank you very much indeed.
“You have projected the Administration very fairly, you have defended the Administration also very fairly. More importantly, you have also been able to disabuse the misconceptions when they arise from time to time and for that, we are thankful”.
Also, the Minister commended members of the Press Corps, particularly the re-elected Chairman, Comrade Ikharo Attah, of the ITV, whom, he said, has always been available whenever he was called upon to serve. Inde
He also commended Attah’s leadership of the Press Corps, and said his activities have been the pride of the FCT Administration.
He also expressed appreciation for the fair reportage enjoyed by the FCT Administration.
In his acceptance speech, Attah, who was returned to serve a second term, assured the FCT Minister that the Press Corps will keey reporting the activities of the FCT Administration fairly and objectively.
According to him: “ Our assurance, we can give to FCTA, we will report you very fairly, very objectively and very balanced. And I want to say we are extremely grateful and I hope and pray that as we go through this journey, at the end of time, we would sit down again, celebrate and rejoice”.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Chairman, FCT Council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Comrade Emmanuel Ogbeche urged the newly elected executives to “continue to hold the beacon of professional reportage.
The NUJ Chairman adds: “There is nothing wrong in being a developmental journalist and also holding government accountable because this is a constitutional mandate, chapter 22 of the 1999 Constitution as amended”.
Earlier, the Chairman, transition committee for the election, Mr. Sam Ogbeifun, of the Silverbird Television, stressed the need for journalists to partner with government for overall development of the society
Our Correspondent reports that present at the Swearing –in ceremony which was performed by the Solicitor General of the FCTA, were Barr. Yusuf Wodi, the Permanent Secretary, FCTA, Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa, Chief of Staff to the FCT Minister, Malam Bashir Mai-Bornu, Executive Secretary of the FCDA, Engr. Umar Gambo Jibrin, the Director Human Resources Department of the FCTA Dr. Mohammed Bashir and other top management staff of the FCTA.