We Don't Expect To Be Hero-worshiped By Media - Ayade

Cross River Deputy Governor, Prof. Ivara Esu
Cross River State Governor, Senator Ben Ayade has said that his administration is open to constructive criticism as he's not expecting to be hero-worshiped by the media.

Gov. Ayade said this on Thursday during the official commissioning of the Association of Cross River Online Journalists (ACROJ) Secretariat in Calabar.

Represented by his deputy, Prof. Ivara Esu, the Governor said that online Journalists operating in the state have the duty of always feeding the public with the right information of what the government is doing right and wrong.

He said that while he want to be criticised to spur him to remain on track, he added that once a leader get criticised for everything done he gets discouraged.

According to him, "I'm pleased to be here . It is your responsibilities as media men practicing in the state not to hero worship us; we don't expect that from anybody. Tell the stories how it is. You should be able to point what the government has done and what needs to be done.

"Once one gets criticised always, he'll get discouraged. You need to criticise when necessary and also commend to encourage us. We don't expect to be praised every time but when you're criticising, you need to also provide solution because it's expected that you should have an idea of how you want things done".

The Governor assured that " We will stand by you to make sure you do your job. Whatever you're called upon to do, ensure you give it your best.

Earlier, the ACROJ Chairman, Comrade Hope Obeten thanked the Governor for identifying with the association even as he assured that the association will continue to work for the development of the state.

"I want to thank you for finding time to be here. We see ourselves as partners working for the progress of the state and we want to appeal that you always leave your doors open each time we come knocking", he said.

Earlier, the Board of Trustees (BOT) Chairman of ACROJ, Mr. Agba Jalingo said that the association was not formed to struggle media space with other affiliate unions but to work in synergy for the progress of the state.

Jalingo said that "We have had a situation where we approached some agencies for information but they will say since we're not NUJ they won't recognize us. This is why we have decided to invite you to come here and see what we're doing. We see ourselves as affiliate of the NUJ so we're happy that you're here today to identify with us".
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