Governor Seyi Makinde on Monday asked Nigerian journalists to use their pen to build and not to destroy the country.
The governor said this in Ibadan while declaring open this year’s Oyo state NUJ Press Week at the union’s Press centre, Iyaganku.
He stressed that there is the need for the journalists as the mirror of the society to discharge their duties diligently and focus more on things that will build the nation.
Governor Makinde said that journalists have a great role to play in building a strong and united Nigeria
The governor stressed that there is the need for Nigeria to witness the much needed change especially in tackling the spate of insecurity in and across the country going by what was witnessed during the recent #EndSARS protests in the country.
“If we continue with this path, no one is safe in Nigeria. We need to change our course. We all have role to play in developing Nigeria”, he said
The governor added, “Though we cannot expect journalists to build road, because it is the primary responsibility of government but you have your role to play. But you can use your pen to destroy or develop Nigeria.”
Speaking further, the governor hinted that Oyo state government will soon commence biometric registration for motorcyclists in and across the state, as part of measures to tackle insecurity in the state.
“We want to know the Okada people in Oyo state. We want to have identify management of Okada people in Oyo state. Their biometric will be captured. It is true we have business friendly environment but we must know them”.
Oyo state NUJ Chairman, Comrade Ademola Babalola while speaking lauded Governor Makinde for his support for the media, saying “Nigeria can only develop if all regardless of their background play their parts.”