Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has commended Acting President Yemi Osinbajo for measures taken so far to curtail the increasing tension in the country, urging Nigerians to give him maximum support to ensure a more united and peaceful nation.
The governor spoke on Friday while joining his Edo state counterpart, Mr. Godwin Obaseki to commission a private broadcast station, Bridge Radio 98.7 FM in Asaba, the state capital.
Speaking at the event, Governor Okowa said: “the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo within the last few days, has been working tirelessly to unite us as a nation and we need to support him in whatever ways that we can.”
While stating that the people should be allowed to speak freely, Governor Okowa asserted, “even when the people are allowed to speak freely, such speeches should be tailored to unite us as a nation rather than destroy our country, because, we are in trying times as a nation, we are in recession and there are different ethnic groups speaking with different voices that does not tend to unite us as a people.”
The Governor who was accompanied to the commissioning exercise by the Member representing Ika federal constituency in the National Assembly, Victor Nwokolo, Majority Leader of the Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Tim Owhefere and other top government functionaries used the occasion to charge the media to mould a better society, stating that the media should be a veritable vessel to curb cultism and drug abuse.
“Information is power, that is why we are happy that this station is coming on air at this time in our nation’s history; information is power when you disseminate the right information because a misinformed man is dangerous to the society,”
He added: “we should properly educate our people for us to have a more united country, the press can make or mar this nation depending on which voices connect to the people.”
The Governor disclosed that his administration apart from empowering Deltans to be self-sufficient, has also, provided the enabling environment for the private sector to thrive, assuring that the state will continue to be an investors’ haven.
Edo State Governor in a brief speech, said communication is very vital for a better society to be achieved, stating, “it is so important that our media houses adopt global technology standards and that is what we are witnessing here.
“We are very glad that this is happening because, you are going to use this medium to inspire a new generation of people; I have no doubt that is is going to be a successful venture,” Obaseki added.
Earlier, the Chief Executive Officer of Bridge Radio, Dr Henry Nzekwu had in a welcome address said that the station will offer quality broadcast to Nigerians, adding that the station is designed to provide a voice for the people through quality programming and world class technology.
He commended Governor Okowa’s administration for providing the enabling environment for investment to thrive in the state, assuring that the station will continue to partner government to ensure a progressive and peaceful state.