A former Governor of Ogun State, Chief Segun Osoba has urged the Minister of Information and Communications to use his position to ensure that the freedom of Information Act is implemented to the letter.
Chief Osoba stated this in Abuja as part of the delegation of the International Press Institute from Austria, which paid a courtesy visit to the Minister, Mr. Labaran Maku.
The leader of the delegation and President of the International Press Institute, Allison Bethel Mckenzie said the Institute would always support Nigeria in its effort towards the advancement of democracy.
In his remarks, Mr. Labaran Maku indicated government interest in synergizing with the IPI on improvement of journalism in the country stating that it is the government that needs the law more than journalists.
The minister stated that information can hardly be hidden from journalist s globally, citing the wiki leaks scandal whose impact the world is recovering from.
Maku said that previous administration, both civilian and military had difficulty suppressing the press as it has always proven to be resilient and dedicated.
The minister also stated that passing of the bill by the Nigerian Senate shows the present administration commitment to the growth of the press as Nigeria is very robust when it comes to the media.
Also speaking, the country representative of the IPI, Alhaji Kabiru Yusuf, stated that the institute is interesting in organizing training courses for journalists in the country at least twice a year.
Alhaji Yusuf also revealed ongoing plans with the Netherlands to train photo journalists in the country.
The delegation was at the Ministry over the Institute’s plan to train professionals on anti-corruption.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 07 September 2011 09:29)