We support direct funds’ transfer to Local Governments-VON Director General

Timothy Choji, Abuja

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The Nigerian media says it is in support of the move by the federal government to transmit straight to local governments their monthly allocation, instead of passing through their various state governments as has been the case.

Director General, Voice of Nigeria, Mr Osita Okechukwu made this known while speaking at an event to honour the media, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said doing so will bring about the needed development in the grassroots and all parts of the country.

“For us in the media, we recognize a very important axis through which the federal government of Nigeria is coming in terms of restructuring the country, when it said it will pay directly monies due to the local governments and the states legislature. Some of us are highly in support of that because we want the money to get to the grassroots,” he said.

He pledged that the media will continue to support government as it pilots the affairs of the nation.

The VON Director General also said the media would remain constructive in trying to advice the federal states and local governments on what it thinks is best for the nation.

The VON Chief Executive Officer, who was speaking on behalf of heads of media houses at an appreciation dinner for them, thanked government for recognizing the contribution of the media towards sustaining democracy in the country.

He assured government of more support, as it pilots the affairs of the country.

“We have been appreciated here on three or four counts but let me mention only two; that the federal government of Nigeria, under President Muhammadu Buhari had underscored that we were one of the builders of the democracy in which we are today. This is a testimony that President Muhammadu Buhari’s government recognizes the immense role the Nigerian media is playing in the development of this country. 

“The government as well, for appreciating us today has demonstrated that what we have witnessed in the past four years, that all the flowers had to blossom, that we cannot most of the time speak with one voice, that throughout history and in every country of the world, media stands to do the oversight function outside that done by the National Assembly or the parliament., that our oversight function is not out of malice but the only way to remind those in government that there are groups that are left behind and those left behind have to be covered with the commonwealth of the State,” he stated.

Mr Okechukwu thanked the Nigeran government for the honour done to media practitioners, which he said showed the sincerity of the partnership existing between government and the media.

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