The member representing Khana/Gokana Federal Constituency in the House of Representataives, Hon. Maurice Poronen, has called for collaboration between media practitioners and political leaders in addressing the development needs of the people.
Hon. Poronen made the call in Port Harcourt, recently during an interactive session with members of the National Association of Ogoni Media Workers, (NAOMEH).
The federal lawmaker described the media as a critical component of the society with a statutory responsibility to disseminate information and set agenda for development.
He said media practitioner should see themselves as development partners and facilitate the process of governance by creating awareness among the people adding that the media was better equipped to mobilise the people to participate in the process of governance.
He assured to engage in quarterly interaction with the association for effective feedback mechanism and input in the process of legislation.
Hon. Poronen also promised to give the people of his constituency effective representation and attraction of people oriented development projects and called on the people to develop confident in their political leaders, to promote cohesion in the process of governance.
In his remark, the National President of the Association Comrade Joe Visanga, had thanked the lawmaker for the interactive session, which he said was a platform to chart the course of development in Ogoni.
Comrade Visanga, assured the commitment of the association in creating development awareness and promoting peace in Ogoni land. He called on other political leaders in the area to borrow a cue from Hon. Poronen, and make themselves accessible to the people, to rob minds on development ideas.