Kogi State governor commends media's role in Democracy on World Press Freedom Day

Gov Usman Ododo

On May 3, 2024, Kogi State governor, Usman Ododo, expressed appreciation for the dedication and impact of media professionals in enhancing democratic principles.

The United Nations General Assembly designated May 3 annually as World Press Freedom Day to emphasize the significance of press freedom and to prompt governments to uphold the right to freedom of expression as outlined in Article 19 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In a statement released by the governor's special adviser on media, Ismaila Isah, Governor Ododo lauded the press for its crucial function in ensuring governmental accountability and the delivery of democratic benefits to the populace.

Governor Ododo highlighted that the 2024 observance of World Press Freedom Day serves as a poignant reminder of the indispensable role of a free and autonomous press in sustaining our democratic system.

He noted that the 2024 commemoration of the World Press Freedom Day, was a reminder of the importance of a free and independent press in our democracy.

“As Governor, I am proud to recognize the crucial role that journalists and the vibrant press play in holding those in power accountable and shedding light on the programmes and policies of the government in the way that the people need to be told,” Governor Ododo said.

The governor acknowledged that a free press is the cornerstone of a healthy democracy, and citizens must protect and promote press freedom with whatever it takes.

According to him, journalists risk their lives to disseminate information to society, and it is the government’s responsibility, to ensure that they can do so without fear of humiliation, intimidation or harm in the process.

“On this World Press Freedom Day, I honour the bravery of the men and women who have dedicated their lives to the pursuit of truth and transparency and promoting understanding in the democratic space.

“I also recognise the challenges they are confronted with in today’s world, from censorship and disinformation to violence and intimidation.

“As Governor, I reaffirm my commitment to protecting press freedom and promoting a culture of transparency and accountability in our state. Let us stand together in defence of freedom of the press and the courageous journalists who bring us the truth undiluted”, Governor Ododo emphasised,” he said.

The Governor urged the people of the state, to celebrate the critical work that journalists are doing in defending the truth and confronting negative narratives, which he noted is essential for the nation’s democracy to thrive.

The governor also enjoined the people of Kogi state, to continue to stand united for the truth despite the antics of purveyors of misinformation against the developmental strides of his administration.
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