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Niger State Governor Promises Annual Training For Media

Written by Pyramid FM Kano

From ABBA BASHIR; Ibrahim Shehu

Governor Muhammed Umar-Bago of Niger State says the state would host annual training for the media.

The Governor made the remark in Minna, the Niger State capital, at a dinner organized by the Niger State Government for the House of Representatives Press Corp, at the end of a two-day retreat on climate change.

This according to him, is to improve their reporting skills and to encourage positive reportage of government activities.

While lamenting that the state is always in the news for wrong reasons due to protracted insurgency that has claimed lives, Bago said his administration has developed strategies to tackle insecurity while assuring that the menace won’t stop the state from making developmental strides.

“Yes, we cannot shy away from insecurity, it is a reality but what percentage of our land is in that mess? Very insignificant. You cannot underscore the fact that lives are being lost but we are saying that we are working assiduously to make sure that everybody lives well in Niger state and in Nigeria at large.”

“Niger state has no business being poor, having been blessed with enormous human and natural resources. Under my leadership, the resources would be adequately harnessed for the benefit of citizens.

Revealing what his administration is doing to mitigate the hardship occasioned by fuel subsidy removal, Governor Bago said the state government has signed an agreement for the purchase of 200 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses.

This he said was in fulfillment of his promise to provide free transportation for students and also for civil servants at a subsidized rate.

Speaking on the forthcoming two-day Green Economy Summit being hosted by the State government slated for Tuesday, Bago said the summit will provide an opportunity for the state to harness it’s potentials.

He observed that Nigeria was yet to explore the full benefits of green economy, adding that Niger State has the largest congregation of shea trees in the world but that no single effort is being done to plant them.

The Chairperson of the House of Representatives Press Corps, Comrade Grace Ike, who presented an award the award to the governor, said the medal was in recognition of the governor’s excellent service, dedication and contribution to the development of the media profession and the Nigerian economy.

 

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