IBB GENERAL 2By Our Correspondent

Former President Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida has assured the new leadership of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Niger State Council, of his unflinching support to enable them achieve their objectives.

Speaking when the new leadership led by the Chairman, Comrade Abu Nmodu, paid him a courtesy visit at his Uphill residence in Minna yesterday, General Babangida expressed delight with the decision of the new leadership to inculcate discipline and ensure that journalists practicing in the state were abreast of the current best global practices.

According to him, “I’m impressed by the fact that you are going to move with the time in your own profession and that is a right step in the right direction.

“I will want to insist that you should go along the objectives you have mentioned.

“I always watch foreign television and the way journalists deal with the developments in their countries, be it policies, be it any other thing.

“Sometimes, I kept wondering, when should we reach that level, but now that you have that at the back of your mind, I want to tell you that I will support you to achieve those objectives and I want to see a situation where Niger State becomes a hallmark of example.

“We all belong to the state and I am always very proud of the state.

“Anything that will showcase the state, I will be there for you to achieve this wholeheartedly.

I assure you of my support in whatever objective you have in mind,” he added.

The state council Chairman, Comrade Abu Nmodu had earlier informed the former president that the visit was to appreciate and seek the blessings of the former military ruler.

He explained that the intention of the new leadership of NUJ was to bring about renaissance in journalism in Niger state that will move with the new age and make them brace up with the best global practices in terms of media practice.

He said that the union was ready to establish an e-center where journalists can fact checked their stories before going to press and thereby bring an end to the era of fake news. 

Mr Abu Nmodu decried the delipidating nature of the Press Centre and solicited for the support of the former president in ensuring that the edifice named after him did not deteriorate  into the state of disrepair.