“My administration is media friendly,” Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has said.
Governor Ganduje gave this assurance when he spoke on the occasion of the United Nation’s World Press Freedom Day, celebrated on May 3, each year.
Soeaking shortly after reports that a publisher, Ja’afar Ja’afar, has gone into hiding following alleged threats he received as a result of the videos he published allegedly showing the governor receiving kick-backs from a contractor.
In a statement issued by Malam Muhammad Garba, the state commissioner for Information, the governor charged journalists to be resolute towards upholding accuracy, objectivity and professional ethics in their line of duty.
According to him, at a critical period when Nigeria is facing myriads of challenges, the media should always be mindful of the laws guiding the conduct of their constituted responsibilities in their reportage.
He noted that as stakeholders, journalists should exercise their profession within the realm of law.
Ganduje also said that this year’s observance theme: “Information as a Public Good” serves as a call to assert the importance of savoring information as a public good.
The governor added that while the press can help to strengthen government institutions through its watchdog role, significant reform is needed to support media organisations to restore public confidence in the press.