No Substitute To Democracy –Uduaghan
Cautions On Dangers Of Internet Sourced News
BY AUSTINE ETAGHENE
GOVERNOR Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State has hailed the sustainability of democracy in Nigeria, saying there is no substitute to it.
Delivering a lecture titled “Media Democratic Governance and National Development” in Lagos yesterday, Dr. Uduaghan held that Nigeria has done a lot within 12 years of unbroken democratic rule.
The governor who was the guest speaker in the first distinguished lecture series of the Pan African University wondered what the situation would have been if the military were still in power.
Delta State Deputy Governor, Prof. Amos Utuama (SAN) (left), presenting a souvenir to Comrade Ayuba Wabba (MNI), National President, Medical and Health Workers Union when the executive of the union paid him a courtesy call. PIX: ITSEGBEMI EDE.
He argued that, although democratic governance has weakness in terms of decision making and execution of projects as a result of the layers of processes involved, yet democratic governance is seen as listening and responsive to the needs of the people.
He expressed optimism that, “as we continue to practice democracy, the values of its operation will become more internalized and accepted.”
On the role of the media which he said has considerable powers, he emphasized the need for factual and objective reporting. Particularly, the governor condemned the use of internet as sources of information to malign top government officials through vicious propaganda.
He noted that a major shortcoming of the use of the internet as a source of information is the lack of legal remedy for those unjustly injured.
Governor Uduaghan who called for a better pay for journalists by newspaper publishers therefore solicited for a reform that allows legal protection of victims of fake internet report and enforceable whenever the partial is registered around the world.
The governor later inspected facilities at the University and was presented a gift by the Association of Delta State Students.