The Chairman, Ogun State House of Assembly Committee on Information, Culture and Tourism, Hon. Yusuf Adejojo has commended the initiative of members of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Information Chapel, for creating awareness on the significance of sustaining the African Heritage.
Hon. Adejojo gave the commendation at a rally organised by members of the Chapel in Abeokuta, as part of activities marking their 2020 Press Week.
The lawmaker who described culture as people’s ways of life, which show their pride, identity and values, said African culture should be projected to the world through the social and traditional media, noting that the culture could not be washed aside, as it reflects their language, dressing, greetings, food, norms and values, among others.
He eulogised Information Officer for showcasing government’s activities on various platforms, promising that the legislature would continue to give necessary support to journalists in the State.
He advocated for constructive criticism by the media, which he noted would put them on the track of delivering dividends of democracy to the people.
Also speaking, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Alh. Waheed Odusile, represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Abiodun Awere, congratulated the officers for organising the Press Week, assuring that hard-working officer would be rewarded.
Contributing, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Special Duties and Inter-Government Affairs, Mr. Kehinde Onasanya, charged them to uphold the ethics of the profession, as image-makers of government, by being more dutiful, diligent and forthright in information dissemination.
In her remarks, the Chairman, 2020 Press Week Organising Committee, Mrs. Yemisi Onanuga said the theme for the Week was borne out of the need to preserve African culture from going into extinction, as civilisation and westernisation have eroded Africans from upholding their cultural values.
She noted that journalists stand at a vantage position of inculcating African cultural values through the media to the younger generation both at home and in the diaspora.