Falana Task Journalists To Promote Good Governance Through Investigative Reports

Femi Falana

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Femi Falana said that we need investigative reports to promote good governance in Nigeria.

Falana made the assertion at the colloquium organised by Cable Newspaper Journalism Foundation (CNJF) supported by MacArthur Foundation on Wednesday in Lagos.

The theme of the colloquium was: ” The Vital Link Between Investigative Journalism and People -Led Demand For Good Governance “.

He said that good governance in any country covers all aspects of the people’s life.

“Nigeria must be governed by rule of law and regulation, if we want to have good governance in the country, everybody must follow the rule of law.

“Media organisations must take lead by questioning our politicians on some pressing needs.

“The media has to be singled out of the constitution to promote public accountability and transparency,” Falana said.

He added that the economic resources in Nigeria were enough for us if we have good governance.

“We need to see how a journalist can be protected professionally and there are been paid.

“Journalists should be given a better place in the society, “Falana said.

Mrs Ibim Semenitari, former Acting Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) said that investigative journalist has a role to play and make difference to help improve good governance in Nigeria.

Other panellists include; Mr Vinmartin Obiora Ilo, a leading Nigerian broadcast journalist and Prof.Aliyu Jauro, Director-General, National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency(NESREA).

Cable Newspaper Journalism Foundation was established in 2016 and is a not-for-profit organisation that uses the vehicle of journalism to advance transparency and accountability in governance.

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