Saturday, May 16, 2009
THIS IS AN EYE SHOOT
kiti Re-run election was Transparent-Goje By Ayodele Samue, Lagos Despite numerous criticisms on the Ekiti state Re -run election, the Governor of Gombe State Alhaji Danjuma Goje has described it as a transparent exercise. He said the opposition party has the monopoly of the media, thereby caused a lot of misinformation to the public, saying that Democracy is dynamic which any party can win if it has the support of the populace. Goje saids this during the convocation lecture of the Nigeria Institute of Journalism in Lagos yesterday stressed that ‘The government faced serious challenges which the press often did not understand and most time presented in a very sensational manner” . Goje who also will be honored along side its Rivers counterpart Rt Hon Rotimi Amechi with fellowship of the institution said despite the very good intention and positive contribution of the Nigerian Media in the fight for independence and installation of democratic governments over the years, there is a need for more improvement and slight change of altitude. According to him,”The Nigerian Media should realize that we the Nigerian Politicians and indeed the various Nigerian governments that succeeded the colonial masters are not supposed to be seen and treated as enemies” “The Media should try to avoid seeing virtually noting good in governments ,of course where government are wrong ,they should be clearly told and exposed by the media, in the same token, where government do something right they should be openly supported and commenced” Goje stated Speaking further, he said “This is because all the governments are managed by Nigerians not foreigners. They are your brothers, sisters, parents, associates and whatever, there should be distinction between the way to treat colonial governments and indigenous governments” The Governor said that “Even though Nigerian Press are largely owned by private individual who share different political opinions, there is a need to have balanced press coverage of matters”. Commenting on the nation’s epileptic power supply, he said Nigerians need to exercise lot of patience in the bid to actualizing the desired power supply. Governor Goje said Experts in the Power sector deceived him when he was the Minister for State for Power and Steel,saying that he was promised two years to reduce to barest minimum the state of power outage in the country. He said this was informed by the quick fix approach Nigerians have always clamor for which he further said can not permanently fix the problem. He urged the people to be patience with the government, adding that power problem will be fixed by the present administration.