NAN to support projects that promote Nigeria
Mr Bayo Onanuga, Managing Director, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) has pledged the support of the agency to worthwhile projects aimed at promoting the Nigerian agenda.
Onanuga made the pledge when he received a five-member delegation of “Revive Nigeria Group (RNG)”, led by Mrs Aishat Umar in Abuja.
Onanuga assured RNG that the agency would support its activities, saying that NAN would continue to welcome any group that indicated interest in sustaining the unity of the country.
He commended the initiative of the group to douse the tension arising from hate speech and other negative comments being carried by some media organisations in the country.
The managing director said that Nigeria would continue to remain a united, indivisible and indissoluble entity in spite of its challenges.
Onanuga said while Nigerians liked talking a lot on issues of interest to them, they were not fall short of resolving their differences amicably at the end.
He, however, expressed concern that the country was yet to actualise the dream of its founding fathers, especially in the area of stable electricity supply, more than 50 years after independence.
Earlier, Umar told the managing director that RNG was prepared to go the extra mile to douse the tension arising from hate speech and other unpalatable comments being carried by some section of the media in the country.
He said RNG was worried about the development because it was alien to the country and detriment to its corporate existence.
Umar said the group would not to sit on the fence, adding that it had decided to pick up the gauntlet to unite the people by preaching oneness.
She said, “we are a movement of professionals, passionate and concerned about the country; we advocate good governance and we are on a journey for the good of the country.
Umar, who said Nigerians from all walks of life would be involved in the project “RNG”, stressed the need for all Nigerians to join forces and rescue the country from forces slowing its desired progress.
Contributing, Mr Hubert Shaiyen, Chairman,Organising Committee for the launching of RNG, said the group would provide Nigerians of like-minds the opportunity to contribute their quota to the development of the country.
”RNG is a mission about the Nigeria of our dream,” he said.
He said that the delegation was in NAN to solicit the agency’s support in the group’s quest to move the country forward.
According to him, NAN occupies a critical role in information disseminating across the country, saying that its services were crucial to the realisation of the aims and objectives of RNG.
Another member of the delegation, Dr Lanre Babalola, said that the group was a nonprofit-making organisation and apolitical.
He, who said that RNG was an idea whose time had come to help in reviving time-tested values of the country, called on the people to support the organisation.
NAN reports that the formal launch of RNG is slated for Dec. 7, at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja.