Stop hoarding information from journalists, Ogun commissioner urges leaders

Ogun State House of Assembly
Ogun State House of Assembly building


Ogun State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Alhaji Abdulwaheed Odusile, has called on Nigerians leaders, especially those at the helms of affairs, not to be hoarding information from journalists as doing so is tantamount to opening up avenues for rumours and insinuations.

Odusile said on Monday in Abeokuta while fielding questions from members of the State House of Assembly during his screening.

He said, “If you hide information from journalists, he/she will believe there is skeleton in your cupboard and may decide to go to any length to bring out issues”.

Odusile, who was the immediate past President of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), said further: “Don’t look down on any journalist or underrate any reporter. Give him the right information and he would do his job professionally”.

Speaking on his intended efforts to improve on the fortune of the State-owned Radio and Television stations, the Commissioner designate assured that he would do all in his capacity to address challenges facing the stations, while affirming that the management and staffers of the stations were thorough bred professionals who must be hugely supported.

The commissioner nominee also said, “We must dish out right information at the right time and feed the news room first to avoid rumours that would naturally fill the space”.

The information gamut of government would strengthen the existing system to ensure that facts and truths were always presented to the Governor, Odusile assured.

In a remark, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Olakunle Oluomo appreciated the state governor for putting round peg in the round hole, and also thanked him for revealing the ministries of the nominees ahead for effective questioning and screening.

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