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Friday, September 16, 2016

Minister Of Agriculture And Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh Reacts To False Statement


The Hon. Minister of Agriculture and Rural development,
Chief Audu Ogbeh has dismissed news report quoting him
as saying ‘Nigerians eat too much rice, that’s why it is
expensive’.
“This is totally false, misleading and a sheer display of
irresponsible journalism, reckless sensationalism, and poor
ethics,” the minister said. He noted with disappointment
that the mischievous headline in question was completely at
variance with the content of the news story.
The Minister decried the deliberate misinformation by the
media which has become a frequent occurrence and calls
for caution, self-censorship and ethical compliance by
journalists and social media activists.
For the avoidance of doubts, the minister stated that during
a recent meeting he held with an indigenous Agro Company
investing in the production of Irish Potato in Nigeria, he did
talk about the health risk associated with the excessive
consumption of rice and advised Nigerians to occasionally
substitute rice with potato for improved diet.

Chief Ogbeh wondered how the statement attributed to him
in the headline came about when no supporting statement
or quote was provided in the content of the news report.
He advised Nigerians to beware of misleading headlines;
pay close attention to media reports that come with such
and should challenge the Press to abide by their
professional ethics.
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