EDO State governor, Godwin Obaseki has assured workers of the State-owned Nigerian Observer newspaper that none of them will be sacked.
Obaseki who spoke yesterday in Benin during a visit by members of the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Edo State council said that his administration was presently restructuring The Nigerian Observer, disclosing that a printing machine will soon be purchased for the company’s press before year end.
He said: “I don’t like to sack people, the staff will be retrained to fit a purpose in the area of digital publishing.”
As a believer of press freedom, the governor pledged his administration’s unflinching to journalists and is the reason why he had never called any journalist in the state to query his or her news report.
Obaseki said: “it is important for us that journalists succeed in their job.
“And as long as you are in Edo, it is my responsibility to ensure that you succeed beyond what is obtainable in other States.”
The Chairman of the Correspondents’ Chapel, Mrs Nefishetu Yakubu called for synergy between government and the media.
She said that journalists have kept faith with professional ethics through fair and balanced reportage of the state government activities