Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has congratulated the new chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Kwara State Council, Mr. Ahmed Abdullateef of the Herald newspapers on his victory.
The Governor also rejoiced with the state council of NUJ on its successful and peaceful election/transition, describing the outcome “as a victory for every member of the pen profession who should now come together, as before, to join the government to set agenda for improved socioeconomic development of the state.”
The Governor congratulated the union on Saturday (July 10, 2021) shortly after the announcement of the results of election that was keenly contested at the premises of the NUJ Press Center, Ilorin.
“The Government also congratulates other members of the newly elected council. The electrifying issues-based campaign recently seen shows that our country is truly evolving. It is now incumbent on everyone, especially all the contestants, to leave the usual pre-election misgivings behind and work together as equal stakeholders in the business of evolving a stronger and more united council in the state,” the Governor said in a statement by Chief Press Secretary Rafiu Ajakaye.
“The government reassures the new council of its full support as the fourth estate of the realm. The administration also thanks the outgone council for its support and understanding. The new council has a mandate, as always, to strengthen media professionalism, discourage sensationalism and war journalism, and embrace development or solution-driven journalism.
“While the administration commends the NUJ in the state for its principled association with the government in its developmental drive, we appeal for joint efforts with relevant state agencies to fight fake news, ethnic profiling, misinformation, and a growing culture of alternative facts which now threaten our world.
“The administration wishes the newly elected leadership of the Kwara State NUJ Council a successful tenure, and once again congratulates the entire council for what was clearly a peaceful and orderly election and transition which affirm Kwara as the state of harmony.”