By Imam Moromoke
The lawmaker representing Kwara North Senatorial District at the red chambers of the National Assembly, Sen. (Pharm.) Sadiq Umar has solicited the support of journalists, especially online media practitioners in the coverage of the Senatorial District.
Sen. Umar who was speaking at the iftar cum media parley he held with representatives of the Association of Kwara Online Media Practitioners, ASKOMP, in Ilorin yesterday night, enjoined the association to maintain its objectivity in its reportage without fear or favour.
The Kaima born pharmacist turned politician while appraising the contribution of the Youth to the actualisation of Otoge dream in 2019 polls, described as the outcome as ‘youth power,’ noting that the two major drivers of the Otoge movement which delivered victory to the APC in the State were the youth and the media, stating that even the media space was predominantly controlled by young people.
While reeling out his achievements, Senator Sadiq said he has facilitated 40 infrastructural development projects, organized 10 different empowerment programmes with thousands of beneficiaries and introduced social security scheme of N5000 for aged drawn from five local government in his constituency.
The Senator however charged media to continue to sensitize the people on the key role of a lawmaker, which is lawmaking for common good, noting that implementation of the projects only complement their work.
He also used the opportunity to solicit for support and partnership with the Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq led Kwara State government in order to make Kwara a better place for all, while also enjoining the association to bring the Kwara North more to media prominence.
Responding, ASKOMP chairman Comr. Shola Taofeek appreciated him for the positive review of the contributions and impact of the online media practitioners, before, during and after the last election exercise, stressing that the association as a child of necessity places premium on sanitising and professionalising the online media business, to adhere to ethics and objectivity at all times.
On the request of more coverage for the Northern part of the State, he expressed the willingness of the association to expand its dragnet and ensure the Northern part of the State is adequately taken cared of media wise.
In the Senator’s entourage is the Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Salihu Yakubu-Danladi and Alh. Abdullahi Samari.