Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State said media involvement in government policies and plans is key to democracy dividends.
The governor also said such a partnership would help the government deliver more of its manifestos to the people.
The Special Advisor on Media Projects and Communications Strategy to the Governor, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, disclosed this Wednesday during the start of the Government Projects media tour of the state’s three Senate districts.
He said the administration embraced the idea of a media tour to give reporters first-hand information about its activities.
According to him, “journalists are there to inform the public; and it is important that they visit some of the completed projects and those in progress in order to have an in-depth knowledge of the information they deliver to the public”.
He thanked the President of the Union of Nigerian Journalists (NUJ) in the state, Mr. Festus Alekhen, for coming up with such an initiative.
Earlier, the NUJ president said, “We want to mark the eyes, not affect. We have heard of government activities, but today we believe it is appropriate that we also see for ourselves.”
Projects visited include: National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Camp in Okada, Ovia North East, Edo State Polytechnic, Usen, Ovia South West, University of Benin, Ovia North East, Government Science and Technological College, Egor, College of Agriculture, Iguoriakhi, Ovia Sud-Ouest among others.