—————By Shedrack Onitsha———–
Media organisations in the country have been charged to continue to support the Delta State Government by informing Delta citizens, at home and in the diaspora of the developmental strides of the Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa led administration.
The state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, stated this in Abuja recently when he visited the corporate headquarters of African Independent Television (AIT) and the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) on Tuesday.
Mr. Ukah said that the visit was not only to see those behind the scenes in both stations but to thank them for their support so far and ask for continued cooperation.
He revealed that the administration of Dr. Okowa has stabilised governance in the state, adding that the state government does not play politics with governance.
The commissioner, who was accompanied by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr. Paul Osahor, and his Media Assistant, Mr. Sam Ijeh, disclosed that the state government has been able to cut expenditure considerably by giving parity to indigenous contractors who have been doing well in the execution of projects to specification.
The Executive Director News, NTA, Muhammad Labbo, told the commissioner and his entourage that the station does not discriminate in its news coverage as all states of the federation are adequately covered irrespective of political affiliation.
He said that because of this approach, NTA is able to get feedback from the people and this provides the Federal Government information about the immediate needs of the people to enable the government marshal out ways of ameliorating the situation.
The Head of News Operations of AIT, Mr. Odion Bello, who conducted the visitors round the various departments of the station, commended the commissioner for visiting the station and urged other Commissioners of Information in other states of the federation to emulate Delta State.
Highlights of the visits were the presentation of copies of the Ministry of Information publication, Veracity Magazine, to the two stations.