The Speaker of Nigerian House of Representatives, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila says the media and information management are central to the reforms being carried out in the 9th Assembly.
Mr. Gbajabiamila who was speaking at an interactive with House of Representatives Correspondents in Abuja, said the success of any government depends on the role media played.
While reiterating the House leadership’s commitment to provide conducive working environment, Mr. Gbajabiamila implored the reporters to stick to professionalism.
“I know every profession has its ethics, I am only imploring that you try and stick to those ethical considerations as best as you can.
Sometimes you see, I believed it sometimes happened all over the World, you’ll see a screaming headline and you read the story it has no relationship whatsoever with the headline.
That is not to say that you should only be covering or reporting positive things about the House, No, this is the part of checks and balances.” The Speaker said.
The leader of the House of Representatives Correspondents Miss Grace Ike urged the 9th Assembly to ensure that legislation that would enhance media practice and journalist welfare in the country are passed.
“As the 4th estate of the realm, we have the obligation to report the House objectively for national interest and there is no doubt the media is crucial to the sustenance of democracy in our country.
Mr. Speaker Sir, we urged you to use you good office to ensure that legislations that would enhance media practice in Nigeria are passed in the 9th House of Representatives.” Ms Grace added.
The interactive is part of the efforts to redeeming the image of the National Assembly, one of the priorities of the 9th House of Representatives under its slogan Nation Building a Joint Task.