Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha has made it clear that media will remain the partner in progress with the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“To our media partners, I want to stress that in the determination of this (Buhari’s) administration to place Nigeria on the path of rapid growth and sustainable development, we will always count on your role as the watchdog of the society, partners in progress, and the conscience of the nation.”
Speaking last night, September 12 at special dinner organized by the Presidential Communication Team (PCT) for media chiefs invited from across the country, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Boss Mustapha said that the Buhari Administration will not muzzle the Press as its practitioners perform the important work of providing the public with reliable and quality information.
“We acknowledge that no real democracy can exist anywhere in the world without freedom of the press.”
According to the SGF, the appreciation Dinner with Media Partners is a manifestation of the fact that Buhari’s government values the contributions of the media in nation building, which is why in the past four years, the PCT has provided a platform for key government officials to regularly engage Editors and Media Managers in-camera briefing sessions to exchange views on some pressing challenges facing our dear country
“The quarterly briefing sessions have provided an opportunity for us to showcase our agenda to the Nigerian people and forge stronger partnerships and synergy for the benefit of our people. I make bold to say that since I assumed office as Secretary to the Government of the Federation, we have run a government that is accountable to the public by all standards.
“The Buhari Administration has laid a solid foundation for Nigeria’s economic development through massive investments in agriculture, power, transportation infrastructure and manufacturing. We believe that tangible investments in these priority areas will drive nation economic diversification programmes, curb inflation and shore up foreign reserves.”