Sen. Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, on Sunday, eulogised the Nigerian journalists for playing a crucial role in deepening democratic and economic development of the country.
Wamakko, representing Sokoto North Senatorial District, made the remarks on the side line of the handing over of the renovated Press Centre of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and public presentation of a magazine, ‘The Newsmaker’ in Sokoto.
Represented by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Bashir Rabe Mani, the senator described Journalists as indispensable part of the society.
He urged Journalists to continue to operate in line with the ethics of their profession.
“Journalists have tremendous powers to make or mar the society, and such powers should be deployed positively and objectively.
“Journalists should always consider patriotism, fear of God and respect for ethics in all they do,” Wamakko, who is also the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Basic and Secondary Education, said.
The lawmaker pledged to continue to be open and fatherly to working Journalists across the country.
“My doors will continue to be open for them, anytime, while the National Assembly attaches greater prioruty to the freedom of the press.
“That was why I commenced the renovation of the press centre which was completed by my successor.
“It will go a long way in providing a conducive atmosphere for Journalists in the state to operate.”
The senator later donated N250,000 to the NUJ and another N250,000 to the publisher of the Magazine, Dahiru Kwanberu.