By Rahila Abdullahi, Kaduna
Kaduna State Deputy Governor, Dr Hadiza Balarabe has solicited for bonding with journalists in Kaduna so as to have a common front in information dissemination.
Balarabe made the appeal on Thursday while she received a delegation of the Exco of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kaduna State Council at the Government House, Kaduna.
She said the call was necessary considering the key role journalists played, adding, “we need to have a common ground because I know you have the channels and networks to disseminate information to all the nooks and crannies.
“We want to have that kind of partnership that helps us to give relevant, realistic and reliable information to the public.
The Deputy Governor further said the State Government had a lot of ongoing programs especially in human capital development but regretted that people were not aware because of lack of information.
She added that proper information dissemination to the public would go a long way in improving wealth and job creation as well as education.
“We have for instance said education in Kaduna State for the first twelve years is free but do people know,?” she asked.
Balarabe, then, urged journalists on the need to be objective in their reportage.
Earlier, Mrs Asma’u Halilu, the Chairman of NUJ, Kaduna State Council in her remark noted that the NUJ had been a stakeholder in the promotion of good governance.
Halilu, however, commended the effort of the Government particularly in the areas of education, youth development, security and health.
“We are aware that government approved N250 million last to help women space child birth delivery, this is unprecedented because no state has allocated anything close to that before in Nigeria,” she added.
She, then, urged the government to consider capacity training for journalists in Kaduna saying that it would have great impact on it’s members.