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Senator Samuel Anyanwu has pleaded with the the Federal and the State governments to capture journalists in their future budgets.
Anyanwu, who represented the Imo East Senatorial District, said the role they play towards social development was more than what most public office holders do.
He said, “the success story of this country cannot be told without members of the fourth estate of the realm. If their role is to inform, educate and entertain the public, our people should accept it that way and reduce the rate of animosity against journalists.”
The chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo State, made this appeal weekend in Owerri during the 13th year anniversary of Nigeria Newsguide Newspaper in Owerri, the capital of Imo State.
He said, “We should honour them for working under the sun and in the rain to source information for public consumption, yet, government doesn’t care to make their welfare a priority. The Federal and the State governments should without further delay assist them.”
Anyanwu, who was represented by his Media Adviser, Ikenna Onuoha, commended the Publisher of the newspaper, Mr. Chidi Emeagi for being resolute to sustain the business despite the current economic crunch.
He charged the management of the newspaper to continue to remain objective in their reportage, nothing that one of the core values of the journalism profession is to be neutral and carry everyone along