Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku has assured Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ, Taraba state Council of his desire to partner with them for proper information dissemination across the state.
Darius Ishaku said this on Thursday when officials of the Union led by her Chairman, Jovita Shafe paid him courtesy visit in his office in Government House Jalingo, saying that for any leader to make meaningful progress, the press must be his partners.
The Governor maintained that Journalists are critical to the success of his administration, most especially in the areas of adequately putting the people of the state in the know of his policies and programmes.
Accordingly, the Governor, mentioned that his women and youths empowerment scheme, Agricultural scheme, health among others are been known throughout the state courtesy of Journalists, positing that a cordial relationship with the press translates into development and positive flow of information in the society.
Similarly, Darius Ishaku assured the new leadership of the NUJ that he will soon direct relevant authority to furnish him with a comprehensive details of the NUJ Press Center to see the level of dilapidation with a view to assisting the union so that it would have a befitting place to fraternise and share ideas with one another that would help promote peace and unity in the state.
On the issue of making the state owned media houses, TTV, TSBS and Sunrise Newspaper to be efficient and effective in the dissemination of information, Darius Ishaku poured out his displeasure, pointing out that he was assured by the contractor that TTV after being digitised it will cover the entire state, but lamented up to this moment the station is yet to cover the state, but however said he is determined to continue with digitisation of TSBS and as well revived the sunrise Newspaper and make it comparable to any Newspaper in the country, asserting that he believes strongly in the power of the media.
Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku told the members of the NUJ that he will regularly interface with the Council so that with their support his policies and programmes will continue to get to the nooks and crannies of the state, encouraging the NUJ to be diligent in the discharged of its responsibilities of ensuring fair, accurate and unbiased reportage of news in the state.
Earlier in his speech, the Chairman of NUJ, Taraba state council, Comrade Jovita Shafe told the Governor that they have come to officially inform him that the state council of the NUJ now have new set of officials that are on board and ready to partner with him for the success of his administration.
Jovita Shafe stated that since the new council came on board it has been following the policies and programmes of his administration with keen interest and said the Union is satisfied with the levels of progress achieved so far in the state.
The NUJ Chairman used the opportunity and commended the Governor for the successes the women and youths empowerment scheme has recorded in the state and described it as superfluous and urged him to sustain it in order to further make women and youths more productive and self reliant.
Speaking on the Taraba Greenhouse, Jovita Shafe remarked that at the on set of the projects lots of Tarabans were skeptical on the viability of the project, but today the whole story of giving the place names upon names have turned out to be a means of livelihood to lots of Tarabans, it has provided jobs, generates revenue for the state and the streets of Jalingo is dotted with women and children selling cucumbers to help sustain their families and asserted that the greenhouse is indeed a rescue to the state.
He also lauded the Governor’s rescue mission in the areas of Agriculture which is now receiving a boost with the introduction of dry season farming, with about 15,000 thousand farmers benefiting through rescue initiative, the three hospitals, that of of wukari which has been completed and commissioned while that of Bambur and Gembu would soon be completed to reposition health care service delivery in the state among other numerous projects initiated and are touching the citizens lives positively.
Speaking on the issue of the NUJ Press Center, the Council Chairman, Jovita Shafe appealed to the Governor to help renovate the Press Center, saying that it is the place where journalists in state come together to socialise and share ideas after official hours and explained that the roof was pulled down by previous administration during the reign of Garba Umar UTC, with a view to renovating the place but could not complete it when he was ousted from office and passionately appealed to the Governor to help renovate it so that journalists in the state will have a place fraternise.
Jovita Shafe further told the Governor that he and the entire new NUJ Exco have come to openly declare to him that they will support his policies and programmes to the latter and used the opportunity to solicit for holistic partnership in his current drive to repositioned the state for the good of the people.