By Michael Adesanya/Abeokuta
Chairman of the House committee on Rural Development at the House of Representatives, Oladipupo Adebutu has stressed the need for free press and freedom of information in the country, noting that the roles journalists play in protection of good governance cannot be overemphasised.
Speaking in a chat with Broadcast Journalists Association of Nigeria (BJAN) in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, he added that the country’s democracy would only thrive if the media are given the freedom to do their job.
His words: “Democracy will only thrive if there is a freedom of speech, communication and process of sharing knowledge and information. In the process of working towards good governance, you must have a solid and sound press, without that we cannot have the choices of information and as such we are not creating a competition.
“When there is a lack of information, then we don’t have a vision of competition and when there is no opportunity for good competition, constructive competition then the human intellect, human capacity is limited and as such, democracy is limited.’’
He also urged the federal government to address the issue of epileptic power supply that is currently facing the country.
Adebutu explained that if the issue is attended to, Medium and Small Scale Enterprises would grow and have positive impact on the country’s economy.
He appealed to political office holders to govern with the fear of God, saying only those who do not have the fear of God engage in corruption.
The Lawmaker said Ogun state has the capacity to generate more revenue without inconveniencing the less privileged, such as the market women and artisans amongst others.
While commending the media, he said: “Obviously, it (media industry) is not a paying enterprise in Nigeria; but you (journalists) still do your job. I pray that Nigeria will become stronger and will also become more successful nation”.
The President of BJAN, Mr. Kazeem Olowe appreciated the federal lawmaker and promised that they would always uphold the ethics of the profession.