In commemoration of the World Press Freedom Day, Commissioner for information and Civic orientation in the state of Osun, Mrs Funke Egbemode has sent a message of love, goodwill and solidarity to her fellow media practitioners not only in the state of Osun, Nigeria but the world at large.
Notwithstanding the attendant encumbrances which over the years has greeted the age-old profession, Mrs Egbemode, all the same, in the goodwill message sent to various media houses applauded the tenacity of purpose with which the practitioners have been going about practising the trade unhindered.
She however affirmed and acknowledged the need for a conducive working environment to be allowed to hold sway for journalists so that as members of the Fourth Estate of the realm, they will not only have a sense of belonging but necessary fulfilments to be able to give in their best in the course of their constitutionally assigned roles and responsibilities to the government and the governed.
While describing the practitioners in Osun state as good and thoroughbred professionals, the Information Commissioner lauded their love and support for the present administration in the state led by Mr Adegboyega Oyetola.
She used the opportunity provided by the World Press Freedom Day to call on journalists in the state and Nigeria as a whole to continue to be partners in progress with Oyetola led people-centred administration just as she, in turn, pledged the administrations commitment to continue to serve the people diligently and conscientiously.
“I commend members of the Fourth Estate of the realm in the state of Osun. They are not only exemplars in this noble trade but thoroughly groomed professionals who have been partners in progress for Oyetola led administration in the last two years. We have never had it so good and rewarding” said Egbemode.
On the theme of this year’s celebration which is anchored on “Information as a public good ” the former President, Nigeria Guild of Editors noted that the choice is apt and timely stressing that the trend all over the world now is to use Information as a veritable tool to advance the course of humanity for good.