The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Rivers State chapter, has reminded media practitioners in the country of their sacred duty to Keep hope alive for Nigeria’s nascent democracy through strict adherence to the provisions of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act.
The ACN gave this charge in a goodwill message to the Rivers State council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists signed by its publicity Secretary, Jerry Needam to express its solidarity with the media practitioners as they began their press week Monday, November 20, 2011.
The statement further observed that the Freedom Of Information Act if properly and strictly observed in the information management by the relevant organs will hopefully lead the country out of the woods and ensure that the dreams of the founding fathers of the nation which had been hietherto aborted by the political and economic complexities foisted on it by the inept leadership in the past will be hugely realised.
The ACN’s publicity secretary,however commended the efforts of the journalists especially the Rivers State council for forging ahead despite numerous hurdles on their path and the uncompromising attitude of most government officials.
He maintained that the value of the press and its practitioners lies in the fact no nation has and will ever survive without the watchdog role of the press, a function that has pitched them against the powers that be, in every society especially the third world countries like Nigeria.
Mr. Needam said notwithstanding, the media men by their training have the capacity to ensure that the FOI Act works for the greater success of the Nigerian society by being dogged as ever in their investigations having been equipped with the enabling law necessary for the onerous task.
He wished the Rivers State NUJ a successful 2011 press week celebration.