From Esther Akaa, Lafia
Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has approved the renovation of the Secretariat of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in the state.
The Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Hon. Ibrahim Agbolo, made the disclosure during a courtesy call at the NUJ press centre on Tuesday in Lafia.
According to him, the governor had graciously approved the renovation of the Secretariat because of the critical role members of the union are playing toward propagating the policies and programmes of the state government to the outside world.
“We renovation will cover total upgrading of the structure and installation of the state of the art facilities at the to make it a modern building,” he said.
Speaking on the purpose of the visit,
Mr. Agbolo stated that it was to familiarize himself with the union’s leadership and other important information sector stakeholders in order to strengthen the already-existing collaboration.
“This is mine first official assignment outside the ministry and I have decided to start with the union because of how important journalists are to us.
“We are going to work with you and other critical stakeholders to propagate the things that the state government has been doing across the state.
“You know, Gov. Abdullahi Sule has done a lot and is still doing much in different sectors of the economy to better the lives of the citizens,” the commissioner added.
Agbolo further said that the governor has invested a lot in security, infrastructures, agriculture, education, youths and women empowerment, and human capital development among others.
Responding, Comr. Salihu Mohammed-Alkali, NUJ Chairman in the state, commended the commissioner and his team for the visit and recognition.
Mohammed-Alkali stated that the entire state’s journalists would never forget the governor’s offer to remodel and upgrade the press centre.
He, however assured the commissioner that journalists in the state would continue to carry out their duties professionally devoid of any sentiment.
“NUJ and by extension all journalists will collaborate with the state government and other stakeholders to propagate its activities with a view of making the state better,” he said.
The Voice reports that the Commissioner was accompanied at visit by Barr. Yusuf Musa, Permanent Secretary of the ministry and other Directors.