Fayemi charges media on objective reportage
From Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has charged the media on quality and objective news reportage, urging practitioners to restore “the content and context that are fast disappearing from the media world.
The Governor stated this when he received officials of the First in Africa TV Alumni Association, led by Dr Yemi Farounbi, who were on a courtesy visit to intimate him on plans for the 60th anniversary celebration of the establishment of the first TV station in Africa.
The Governor said quality and objective news reportage is fast disappearing as the social media now feeds the public with unregulated and unverified information majorly made up of unfounded allegations, adding that politicians are at the receiving end of unfounded allegations on the social media which seems to have gained recognition as a news medium.
Governor Fayemi also lauded the vision of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, who built the first television station in Africa. He added that the fact that the Eastern and Northern regions took a cue from the establishment of WNTV and went ahead to establish theirs respectively shows that true federalism encourages competitiveness, which is good for development.
Earlier, the leader of the First in Africa TV Alumni association and former Nigerian Ambassador to Philippines, Dr Yemi Farounbi commended the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo for establishing the then Western Nigerian Television which was the first television station in Africa.
He described Awolowo as a man who opened the door of progressive politics in Nigeria by establishing many first innovations in health, education and other sectors of the economy.
Farounbi who said that Fayemi is already living up to expectation in governance, expressed satisfaction that the governor is following Awolowo’s footsteps as one of his “political offshoots”.
The former envoy explained that the visit to Governor Fayemi was to inform him of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of WNTV, which will hold later in the year. He said the celebration would reawaken the self -worth of Nigerians and their sense of creativity.