Stop giving us awards, challenge us to do better – Wike tells Journalists

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has urged the Nigerian Media to stop praising public officials and giving them awards for favoritism but rather challenge them to do better.

The governor gave the charge when the national leadership of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House in Port Harcourt yesterday.

“What I have seen of you is that you praise us and give us award because of relationship or friendship. That’s not the way it should be. Challenge us; the people in authority and we will sit up to our responsibilities. We will have no choice than to perform and serve the people, as it should be, he said

He further stated that Nigeria is in a difficult period in its history and NGE cannot shy away from performing its duties without fear or favour as he urged them to discharge their function and be sure that they are doing what is right always.


  1. That’s how it should be but the reverse is the case, if we don’t stop praising them they will all think they will they have perform Excellently.

  2. We citizens are the one praising them beyond their what they did, if we can tell them the truth without fear of being intimidation, things would change for better.

  3. Praising those politicians abnormally are the reason why they perform woefully without thinking of people who voted them in. We should stop doing praising them without being perform.

  4. Behind you are the challenges you’ve met. Before you lies new possibilities. Today you choose the direction of your life.

  5. And at the end of the day, you either focus on what separated you, or what held you together you don’t even need award yet

  6. Yes that serves them right. Our journalists now are too hypothetical they are not professional, they are controlled by brown envelope

  7. That is true…. But nobody wants to risks there life for something that doesn’t yield good income and reputation again

  8. I wonder what these awards are for
    We should try to stop all these window dressing and praise singing
    They are if no importance at all

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