Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State has asked the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) to oversees the effects of Internet journalism practice in Nigeria.
The Governor who spoke at the opening ceremony of the first Quarterly National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the NUJ held at the Combo Hall, Lagos Television Complex, Ikeja, called on NUJ to review the various channels for accessing information, especially in the public interest, including the provisions of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act.
“I urge you to continue to guard your reputation and integrity against the activities of fifth columnists who may want to capitalise on the fluidity of Internet communication and post scurrilous and unfounded information on supposed blog sites to cause disharmony and disaffection in the society,” he says.
The Governor says that “journalists are agents of change by virtue of your profession and relevance to the society. The influence of information managers affects the way we live and do business, more importantly in the global community”.
Ambode, who was represented by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, also commended the NUJ, saying that they have been fundamental to the defence and promotion of democracy and electoral process in Nigeria, urging them to sustain the integrity and reputation the profession accords.
He said that members of the NUJ, especially in the employment of the State Government have been supportive of his administration’s effort in making life more meaningful for the people by holding brief for the electorate.[quote font_size=”22″ font_style=”italic” align=”right” bgcolor=”#” color=”#” bcolor=”#” arrow=”yes”]“I urge you to continue to guard your reputation and integrity against the activities of fifth columnists who may want to capitalize on the fluidity of Internet communication and post scurrilous and unfounded information on supposed blog sites to cause disharmony and disaffection in the society,” he says.[/quote]
He assured that his administration will continue to promote freedom of speech with responsibility, just as he assured that a safe and secured Lagos that will be a haven for all to live and prosper will continue to be given top priority going forward.
Governor Ambode also charged the NUJ to support the efforts of his administration by deploying their skills in helping to find solutions to some of the nation’s challenges.
Among those present at the meeting include Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu 1; former Governor of Ogun State, Aremo Olusegun Osoba; member of the House of Representatives, Hon. James Faleke; Chairman, Nigeria Football Supporters Club, Dr. Rafiu Ladipo, among others.