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Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Hardship: Abiodun urges Nigerians to be patient

By Demilade Michael 

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun has appealed to Nigerians to continue to remain patience with the federal government policies, saying that there will be gains at the end of the pains occasioned by the economic hardship through the recent fuel subsidy removal.

Abiodun, who made the appeal during an unscheduled visit to the Iwe Iroyin syecretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Ogun state Council.

The governor noted that the Bola Ahmed Tinubu led administration is working assiduously to do everything he can to fulfill all his campaign promises, as encapsulated in the "Renewed Hope Manifesto". 

"I also want to through you plead to all of us to continue to be very patience, not just with this present administration in Ogun State, but with the Federal Government.

"The federal government, under the leadership of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu who is doing everything he can to fulfill all his promises, as encapsulated in the Renewed Hope Manifesto. 

"As we all witnessed, the President hits the ground running the very day he was inaugurated. He removed subsidy and deregulated the price on petrol. This was a burden that the country could no longer shoulder. Had we continued, this country would have been totally bankrupt. 

"Not only did he do that, he quickly followed through by ensuring the convergence of Naira to dollar exchange rate", he added

The governor during an interaction with newsmen, charged them to be professional and patriotic while carrying out their role as watchdog and essential partners in progress of nation building

"I want to commend your consciousness for professionalism, by being objective and patriotic in your reportage with focus of building a strong socio-economic bridge for our dear state and for the coming generations.

"As you all know, our state and the country at large are in dire need of systemic media space that is progressive in orientation and developmental in thinking, for the purpose of creating investment-friendly image", he added

While noting that his administration is not averse to criticism, the governor implored the leadership and members of the union to be responsive in their activities and reports, maintaining that as a responsible government, positive criticism would spur his team to work harder for the betterment of the State.

According to him, "This fundamental principle of journalism as illumination of the society is regrettably defeated if the criticism is based on malice, parochial tendency, and self-aggrandisement such as destructive and a disservice to our collective aspirations and desires’’.
He said his administration would undertake the renovation of the Union’s hall built by former Governor Olusegun Osoba, while another befitting hall would be built at its new site to change the face of the profession in the State.

Speaking earlier, the State NUJ Chairman, Comrade Wale Olanrewaju commended the Governor for the visit, while urging him to ensure that his media team are thorough bred professionals.

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