Lalong donates N4.5m to families of slain journalists

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau Sate has donated N4 .5 million to families of  nine deceased Journalist who died in the line of duty 11 years ago.

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Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau Sate has donated N4 .5 million to families of  nine deceased Journalist who died in the line of duty 11 years ago.

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Governor Lalong made the pronouncement during an interactive session with journalists, in Jos, to commemorate 19 years of uninterrupted Democracy and three years of his administration.

He said it could be recalled that nine members of the Plateau NUJ had an accident on their way to the southern zone of Plateau on their way to inspect projects in the zone.

They were in a convoy with the then governor of the state, Chief Joshua Dariye, was the Speaker of the state House of Assembly then.

“The present commissioner of Information, Yakubu Dati, was also the then Commissioner of Information that time, therefore I am donating N4.5 million to all them, each family will get N500,000 that was to reduce their hardship.”

Lalong said his administration has not forgotten the families of the deceased Journalists and assured of welfare of members of the Pen profession.

He urged Journalists to criticise the administration constructively, saying government will not see any journalists as an enemy when their criticism is constructive.

Lalong reiterated the commitment of his administration to assist media industry in the country to enable the practitioners perform their professional duties without any form of inducement.

SOURCE: SUN

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