Nnaya Eziyi, Umuahia
Governor Ikpeazu of Abia State
The Abia State Commissioner for Information, John Kalu has expressed the desire for a stronger opposition to widen the democratic space and accelerate development in the state.
Kalu stated this when the executive committee of the Correspondents’ Chapel, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Abia state council paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Umuahia, the capital.
He said without viable opposition, governments become complacent and care little about delivering on their campaign promises, appealing to the opposition to be constructive.
According to him, the administration was not averse to constructive criticism with verifiable facts and figures, and would welcome them with open hands to move the state forward.
He said one of the major challenges of the administration was that its achievements were being underreported by the media and therefore solicited the support of the chapel in informing the public about them.
“Not much is been read or heard about its massive road projects, infrastructure development, agricultural revolution, education programmes, and campaign for made in Aba products among others,” he lamented.
Kalu added that through foreign interventions, the administration had improved on the health care delivery service of the state and other critical sectors of its economy to add value to the life of the people.
“For the people and the outside world to be abreast with the achievements we certainly cannot do without you, hence I am using this forum to solicit your cooperation in this regard,” he noted.
Speaking earlier, the Chairman of the Chapel, Emmanuel Ugwu, accused the administration of closing its doors to the press, adding that not much of its programmes were known to the members.
“We are in election year. It will not be good for the administration if all it has been recording are not known to the public. What will it campaign with, if they are ignorant of such programmes?”
Similarly, the Vice Chairman of the chapel, Kalu Eziyi, assured the commissioner of the members unbaised reportage of the administration, saying they were at the service of both the government and the opposition.