…Urges Govt. to See Journalists as Partners in Progress in Nigeria’s Project
The Nigerian Guild of Investigative Journalists (NGIJ) has joined well meaning Nigerians globally to extends its warmest felicitations to President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the President of the Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio, the Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Tajudeen Abass and all Nigerians on the occasion of our great nation’s 63rd independence anniversary.
This is contained in a statement issued on Sunday, jointly signed by the President and National Secretary of The Guild, Mr Ayoyemi Mojoyin and Malam Abdulrahman Aliagan respectively and made available to Journalists.
According to the statement, “As we mark this significant milestone, NGIJ applauds the resilience, determination, and patriotism exhibited by Nigerians in various sectors of the nation’s economy. We salute the indomitable spirit of our citizens who continue to strive for excellence despite the numerous challenges confronting our beloved country.
“While acknowledging the progress made since independence, NGIJ urges all Nigerians to remain patient and foster a strong belief and hope in our nation. Our collective dedication and unwavering commitment will propel us towards the Nigeria of our dreams.”
Furthermore, NGIJ calls on the government to embark on comprehensive programs that will cushion the effect of subsidy removal on the Nigerian populace. It is crucial that measures are put in place to ensure that the removal of subsidies does not significantly burden the masses.
The Guild also advise the government to rise up to the occasion in curtailing the prevailing insecurity in the country. The protection of lives and properties remains paramount, and concerted efforts must be made to address this challenge and restore peace and stability to all corners of our nation. The statement said.
“As we commemorate this independence anniversary, NGIJ implores the government not to lose sight of the vision and sacrifices of our nation’s heroes past. We must remain committed to the ideals of unity, justice, and progress that they fought for.
“NGIJ emphasizes the importance of upholding the principles of Freedom of Information and urges the government to see journalists as partners in the pursuit of making Nigeria great. We encourage transparency and accountability, ensuring that access to information is not restricted but facilitated. The media plays a vital role in nation-building, and fostering a symbiotic relationship between government and journalists will facilitate progress and development.”
Meanwhile, NGIJ wishes all Nigerians a joyous and memorable independence anniversary celebration. Let us stand together, united in purpose, as we strive towards a better and prosperous Nigeria.
Congratulations, Nigeria! Happy Independence Day!