Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Presidential mandate: Set agenda for FCTA, media charged

Media practitioners have been asked to set agenda for the FCT Administration in its onerous task of delivering on the presidential mandate for the FCT.

According to a media strategist and former Head of Northern Operations, TVC, Mr. Dapo Okubanjo, saod the media has the task of keeping tap on all 12 deliverables and draw attention where needed.

Okubanjo who gave the charge in his presentation at the second edition of the 2019 Media Retreat for FCT Minister's Press Corps in Bauchi over the weekend, urge the media to focus on developmental issues in their reportage.

He observed that for the presidential deliverables to be achieved in record time, the media, especially members of the Press Corps must keep the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, and his deputy, Dr. Ramatu Aliyu, on their toes without being unnecessarily antagonistic.

On his part, the Director of FCT Security Services, Mr. Adamu Gwary, advised the press to ensure extensive coverage of activities of security agencies to assure the residents of their safety.

Gwary, who was represented at the retreat by the Secretary, Command and Control Centre, Mr. Peter Olumuji, urge the media to end the culture of fear among the residents by shinning the spotlight on the successes recorded.

According to him, "The media should report more on the achievement of the security agencies in order to inform the people and also show them that there are consequences for every crime they commit. Let people see that criminals are actually prosecuted and it will assure many of their safety and discourage others from crime.”

Earlier while declaring the retreat open, the Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed, commended the media for their role in promoting democracy.

He said in providing the dividend of democracy to the people of Bauchi State, his administration has issued a standing order to all the 20 local government areas to contribute 1percent of their IGR to Bauchi State Health care Trust Fund.

In his words, “Government has declared a state of emergency in the sector, in order to improve healthcare delivery. We have also paid all counterpart funds to the Bill and Melinda Gates, Dangote Foundations and other development partners. More so, we have issued a standing order to all the 20 Local Government Areas to contribute 1percent of their Internally Generated Revenues to Bauchi State Health Care Trust Fund.”

In the area of road construction, Sen. Mohammed said the state government has awarded contracts for the construction of 92.6 kilometers roads across the state at the cost of N17.3 Billion Naira with about 50percent down payment paid and the completion period is between one year and a maximum of three years.

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