Rivers State Governor,Nyesom Wike has told journalists to hold government officials accountable, rather than giving them awards on the basis of friendship.
Wike stated this on Friday when the national leadership of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) paid him a courtesy visit at the government house in Port Harcourt, the Rivers capital.
Wike, according to a statement by his special assistant on media, Kelvin Ebiri, said there was a need for journalists to put in more efforts as the “strong voice and conscience of the society”.
He said, “What I have seen of you is that you praise us and give us award because of relationship or friendship. That’s not the way it should be. Challenge us — the people in authority — and we will sit up to our responsibilities. We will have no choice than to perform and serve the people as it should be,” he said.
“My support for you has to do with the fact that you are supposed to tell the truth of what is happening in Nigeria.
“There was a time you were exposing the ills of society. If not for you, certain things will not be known.
Assume your role, grow strong again and speak out.”