Absence of Kogi State owned TV worrisome, says rights activist.



Th Executive Director Conscience for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution( CHRCR) Comrade Idris Miliki Abdul has berated successive administrations in kogi state for not establishing a state television station that will serve as a vehicle for effective dissemination of information to the citizenry.

He said, kogi state is about the only state in the Country that has not established its own TV station adding that absence of the TV could be responsible for the disconnect of the government plans and programmes and the people,’s participation

The Activist also flayed the present government for not constituting State Independent Electoral Commission ( SIEC) ten months after the expiration of the erstwhile members of the commission adding that the government has been embarrassing the state without conducting elections into the Local Government Councils since their inception four years ago.

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This was contained in a communique signed by Comrade Idris Miliki Abdul, at
The end of the 6th Civil Society and Media platforms on Anti Corruption Accountability Transparency organised by Conscience for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution in partnership with The Shehu Musa Yaradua Foundation with the support of MacArthur Foundation held at Kogi NUJ secretariat , on Tuesday in Lokoja.

The communique which scored the media low in their reportage of the state activities enjoined Journalists to use their medium to hold government accountable to the people as their passive attention to government activities has equally affected citizens participation in the affairs of the state.

He noted that there have been unhindered access to Budget Documents by the State Government , but picked holes with the decline in the quality of elections conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) since 2015 in the state.

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According to him, the recent rating of the state by the Bureau of Statistics that the state occupied number one position in the graft index was not good for the state despite humongous amount received from the Federation Accounts.

Just as he challenged the government to clear the air of her intentions to conduct elections into Local Government Councils saying the action may be in futulity as it has contrasted with the Sections of the Constitutional which provides for the composition of the members of the state independent election commission and to give 90 days notice to the political parties.

While describing the 2020 budget as cut and paste of the previous years which does not reflect the yearnings and aspirations of the people urged the government to clear the ambiquity of 805km Agassa – Okene – Okpogoro road of which over a billion naira was spent on it in 2019 saying the road as captured in the budget is higher than the entire landmass of the state.

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Meanwhile, the discussants asked the government to continue with the provision of budget documents to its citizens as contained in their websites challenge Media practitioners to desist from speculative reporting and engage in investigative journalism to hold government accountable

They task the government to immediately constitute the State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC), so as to set in motion modalities for the conduct of Local Government Council polls to give opportunity to the people grassroots to have a say in their government.

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