By Ikeugonna Eleke
Anambra State governor, Willie Obiano, has said that journalists in the state have contributed immensely in helping him achieve a safe and secure state.
The governor who was represented by the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C-Don Adinuba, during the 2018 edition of the correspondents' Chapel Week, lauded the media in Anambra for their role in the prevailing security in the state.
Speaking on the topic, “Anambra Exceptionalism: Case Study of Security and Good Governance”, Adinuba said journalists in Anambra had enjoyed free space to do their job without molestation or intimidation since the administration of Gov. Willie Obiano.
'The result is that they have been able to disseminate the right information which has helped security agencies in the state with the support of the governor to analyze and tackle security challenges.
'The media is part of our government. No journalist has been harassed or been reported to his organization for doing his job by the Gov Willie Obiano Administration.
'Rather, this government has invested heavily in the sector with payment of pension and gratuity of National Light Newspapers, building the best studio in West Africa for Anambra Broadcasting Service.
'We also reach out to families of deceased journalists, irrespective of whether they wrote in our favour or not. This is because the media are great partners in the wheel of progress in Anambra,' he said.
Adinuba said the government of Obiano was paying all bills with minimum borrowing, thus providing a secure and peaceful state.
'Now our people who moved to neighbouring states in search of security and businesses are coming back. No violence, no more kidnapping and armed robbery,' he said.
In his speech, Mr Emma Ndukuba said the proactive security approach of Obiano and the harmonious coexistence of farmers and cattle rearers were helpful to the security situation in the state.
Ndukuba said the Chapel had to organize the event to enable other states to appreciate the Obiano model of security keeping which was people-oriented.
He added that the peace in the state had helped journalists to discharge their duties without hindrance.
Some individuals were recognized for their contributions to nation building. They included Mr Primus Odili, Chief of Staff to Obiano; CP Garba Umar, and Mr Isyaku Yusuf, Director of DSS in Anambra.
Others were Mr Obini Onuchukwu, Public Relations Officer of the Federal Polytechnic Oko; Mr Ebuka Onukwo, chairman of Seashore Industries; Adinuba, among others.