The State Commissioner for Finance, Olorogun David Edevbie, has called for a closer working relationship between government and the Press.
Olorogun Edevbie made the call when the leadership of the State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Asaba.
The Commissioner said that a closer working relationship between government and the Press would help to address the dangers of what he described as half truths, saying when people were not fully informed, it created room for misleading speculations.
According to the Commissioner, the present administration of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa believed in openness, saying making government dealings open enabled him to do his job better.
He disclosed that most of the information people wrongly speculate on were on his Ministry’s website and expressed disappointment that people were ignorant of the gains in carrying out research, expressing discontent that the environment had become too clannish and provincial in discourse.
“I made sure that all our financial dealings are published. It helps me to do my job better because one or two questions might crop up to make us look at our policies again. Because we are open, people now know when the IGR is improving and why, and when it is going down, they also know and the factors responsible for the fall.
“There is nothing secret here. When you are transparent, nobody can hold anything against you but the reverse is usually the case when secrecy comes in”, he stated.
Mr. Edevbie described Deltans as a naturally blessed and resourceful people who excel in all their endeavors outside the state and country and wondered why that same spirit of diligence and excellence was not being manifested within.
He pointed out that there is much work to be done to address the mental deficiency in people and pointed out the need for Deltans to be more metropolitan in outlook, stressing that the Press had a great role to play in that regard.
While expressing his pride in the Delta Press so far, he called for more collaboration between the Press and the government so as to bridge information gaps as it relates to Delta s income and expenditure profile and promised to always give his support to enhance the job of the Press.
The Chairman of the Delta State Council of the NUJ, Comrade Michael Ikeogwu, commended the Commissioner for his show of honesty, transparency, and diplomacy in the handling of the State’s financial matters and called for more interaction with the Press in order to shed more light on issues.
Comrade Ikeogwu, represented by the Vice Chairman, Comrade Patrick Ochei, appealed to the Commissioner to bring his good office to bear on the early resolution of the issues surrounding the NUJ Secretariat building, its completion, and assistance to the Council towards its 2017 Press Week.