The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has commended Governor David Umahi, for his unprecedented infrastructure development in the state.
The National President, Comrade Chris Isiguzo who spoke at the Akanu Ibiam International Conference Centre, Abakiliki, on Wednesday, during public participation of the revised 2020 budget of the state, christened ‘Minutes of Citizen Input and Public Participation Meeting Towards the 2020 Budget Preparation,’ also assured the governor of the support and partnership of the media.
Isiguzo also said that the governor has achieved much, even with the meagre allocation accruing to the state from the federation account, adding that he has made the people part of the decision-making process of his administration by seeking their inputs in the year’s budget preparation and plans.
“I would also expect that their participation would not just end at the point of making inputs to the proposed revised budget. The people should also participate in monitoring this budget. It is important that you put in place a citizens’ committee to be saddled with the responsibility of monitoring the implementation of the budget. It would help in recording the achievements you have recorded in implementing it.
“The media is not just about criticising governments, it is also our lifestyle to do so constructively and objectively. The media and governments are institutional partners.
“I want to assure you of the support of over 50,000 jurnalists in Nigeria, we shall continue to be partners in progress,” he said.