By: Valentine Adese,
Media organizations in Jos, the Plateau state capital, have been commended by the State Government for promoting peaceful coexistence of its citizens in their reportage.
The media organizations have also been enjoined to support the Rescue administration of Rt. Hon. Simon Lalong, through the propagation of its five pillar policy thrust.
The State’s Commissioner of Information, Mr. Yakubu Dati, gave this commendation during his advocacy visits to some Federal Government owned media outfits in the state today.
The Commissioner also commended the media for their support in making the visit of President Mohammadu Buhari to Plateau State a grand success.
The Commissioner, who was accompanied by a Permanent Secretary, Mr. C.C. Bello, also urged media organizations to see the State Government as a partner in progress that is always willing to build relationships that are mutually beneficial.
At the commencement of the visitation, the Commissioner, Mr. Yakubu Dati, according to a press release dated 27th March, 2018, made available to REALITY, was received at the NTA Jos by the Zonal Director of the Network Centre, Nurudeen Adesina Idris who sued for closer collaboration between the Ministry and the station.
Mr. Idris, according to the release, charged the State Ministry of Information to consider the promotion of jingles on the theme of peaceful co-existence using the different ethnic groups in the state.
NTA's Assistant Director, Sani ibn Salihu was reported to have thanked the Commissioner and his team for the visit but however, stated that, “NTA will continue to play its role as a partner in progress.”
The Commissioner also visited the Zonal office of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), where he was also quoted to have expressed the gratitude of Governor Simon Lalong and the State for the organization's coverage of the state’s programmes and activities.
He assured NAN of the Ministry's support and cooperation in order to benefit from its vast network and real-time coverage.
While Responding, NAN's Zonal Director, Ephraim Sheyin was reported to have stated that NAN was poised to support the state government’s programmes and policies in line with its mandate.
He assured the Commissioner of the organization's support, and urged the Ministry's Management to subscribe to NAN's mobile App, adding that it would be beneficial to the organization.
“Mr. Sheyin thanked the Commissioner for always responding promptly to inquiries and appealed to him to look into the issue of the state-owned newspaper, The Nigeria Standard with a view to regaining its lost glory.” The release stated.