Press Freedom Day: FG Told to Grant Waivers on Equipment Import for Media

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State

The federal government has been implored  to consider import waivers and subsidies for the Nigerian media as part of measures to cushion the effect of financial constraint of media to easily import equipment required for its  business.

Governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom, in a goodwill message to commemorate this year’s World Press Freedom Day, made the plea , adding that the move  will help the media industry survive the harsh economic environment, and put it in a better stead to contribute immensely to the socio- economic and political development of the country.

He said credit must be given to the media for the enduring democracy and its resilience in the face of daunting challenges to continue to inform, educate and entertain the populace.

Ortom asked the media to remain steadfast in the discharge of its duties pointing out that “of all professions, it is only the press that is empowered by the constitution of Nigeria to hold governments and its functionaries accountable at all times”.

He, however, counseled the media to always exercise caution in reporting issues that affects the security, welfare and well-being of citizens in order to avoid needless sensations.

He also said the media should endeavour to verify facts before publishing.

This, he said, is necessary to avoid being ready tools in the hands of desperate politicians and mischief makers to use against opponents or perceived enemies.