Damian Duruiheoma, Owerri
Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere has said that the barrage of criticisms the Governor Rochas Okorocha administration has been receiving from journalists in the state has made the government perform better than it would have done.
Speaking yesterday when the members of the Imo State NUJ Correspondents’ Chapel paid him a courtesy visit in his lodge in Owerri, Madumere said the major reason why the state government never reacts to most of the criticisms from the media in the state was because the government learnt a lot that usually improved governance in the state.
Madumere, who sought partnership between the government and journalists in the state as the government sought to industrialise the state, called on the journalists not to relent in their criticisms of the state government, as according to him, that had kept the Rescue Mission administration improving.
The deputy governor hailed the journalists for their role during the 2015 general elections, saying they conducted themselves in a manner that did not inflame the state despite their individual interests. Madumere, however, expressed worry about the dearth of investigative and objective journalism so as to balance their stories and draw fair judgment from the reading public.
He called them to do their best to revive investigative journalism as according to him, that was the only ingredient that improved the society.