Governor Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto State on Saturday in Sokoto, urged journalists in the country to perform their constitutional responsibilities diligently and without fear.
The governor, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Sahabi Gada, said this at the 2013 merit award organised by Sokoto Newspaper Company, publishers of PATH and JAGORA newspapers.
Wamakko also said that the journalists owed Nigeria and Nigerians the duty to work without favour or ill-will and according to the dictates of the profession.
“The entire country is the constituency of the journalist, irrespective of any religious, political or ethnic affiliation.
“The members of the noble profession of journalism should always be objective and patriotic,” Wamakko said.
The governor recalled the contributions of the journalism profession in the fight for Nigeria’s independence.
He also extolled the contributions of the journalists in the entrenchment and sustenance of the current democratic dispensation in the country.
The Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Danladi Bako, promised that the state government was committed to providing all media workers a conducive atmosphere to discharge their responsibilities.
“The state government will continue to give top priority to the acquisition of modern tools to its media organisations.
“Training and re-training is also crucial in making the media workers to become more efficient and pro-active,” Bako said.
The General Manager of the Company, Alhaji Mohammed Umar, said that the ceremony was organised to serve as an incentive to its staff members.