By Ibrahim Muhammad Kano
The failure of the Kano State Government to disburse government house press crew allowances since the inauguration of Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf has ignited concerns regarding the erosion of the government’s commitment to the media.
This investigative news report delves into the alleged negligence and sheds light on the consequences faced by journalists assigned to cover the Kano State Government’s activities.
The government house press crew, comprising reporters, photojournalists, and videographers, plays a pivotal role in ensuring transparent and accountable governance by covering public affairs in Kano.
Shielded from political interference, their role is essential in keeping citizens informed about government policies, actions, and decisions.
However, since Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf’s inauguration on May 29, 2023, the government has repeatedly failed to honor its obligation of paying the press crew’s monthly allowances.
Numerous journalists within the press crew, who spoke on condition of anonymity, disclosed that their allowances have remained unpaid for five months, despite their persistent appeals to the government.
This failure has led to severe financial consequences for the affected journalists, many of whom are struggling to make ends meet. Several journalists have resorted to borrowing money to cover transportation and other expenses essential for their professional responsibilities.
Such financial hardships create an environment in which journalists are vulnerable to compromise, potentially hindering the impartiality and objectivity of their reporting.
The delayed payments raise concerns about potential fears within the Kano State Government.
Sources within the government have cited inadequate budgetary allocation, bureaucratic red tape, and administrative inefficiencies as possible reasons for the delayed disbursements.
However, these explanations fall short in justifying the prolonged lack of payment, which undermines principles of transparency and accountability that the government is expected to uphold.
The press crew’s role in raising awareness, informing the public, and holding elected officials accountable cannot be understated. Neglecting their welfare sends a troubling message about the government’s respect for journalistic integrity and hampers the ability of media professionals to perform their duties effectively.
In response to these allegations, it is imperative for the Kano State Government to take immediate action to rectify this issue. The failure to pay government house press crew allowances in a timely manner raises questions about the government’s commitment to the media and its ability to provide the public with accurate and unbiased information.
When contacted, Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf’s Chief Press Secretary, Sunusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, declined to comment on the matter