The 2016 World Press Freedom Day which theme is ‘Access to Information and Fundamental Freedoms – This Is Your Right!’ offers us the opportunity to appreciate the huge contributions and sacrifices media professionals across the world and Nigeria in particular have made to humanity and the growth of democracy.
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, who is also a trained journalist, has been an advocacy and practitioner of free press since he assumed office. The Governor salutes the courage and selfless disposition of the country’s media professionals and urges them to keep up the good work.
The Governor while congratulating journalists in the country, however advises them to uphold the profession’s tenets of truth, fairness and objectivity, stressing that the publication of falsehood and other malicious contents against innocent persons can only lead to retrogression.
He believes that for the nation’s democracy to deepen, the media must, at all times, be free to hold government accountable.
Governor Ortom says it is a pleasant development that the 2016 World Press Freedom Day has coincided with the first year of the 15-year life-cycle of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which Benue became the first state to meet its conditional grants in the country.
He reassures the people of the state that his administration will continue to initiate and complete projects and programmes that would have positive impact on their lives.
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor.