Essien said this in an interaction with members of the State Executive Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Calabar, adding that persistent attack by the opposition on the President was unfair.
According to him, the Federal Government is doing so much in the provision of critical Infrastructure, especially in the area of Water Supply and Agriculture.
“Honestly, the present administration is doing much in infrastructure development, especially in water supply and agriculture contrary to what the opposition parties are portraying.
“So, I think the president deserves commendation instead of attacks.”
Essien described various criticisms by the opposition against the president as distraction and cautioned Nigerians against running down the government.
“This Country belongs to all of us; so there is no need for us to run our country down through unfair and needless criticism, ?? he said.
Essien said it was unfortunate that some Nigerians only see the negative side of things and turn a blind eye to good things that the government was doing.
He said that the Nigerian Media had enormous task of giving good image to the Nigerian economy, adding that the World rely on the message from the media in assessing the Country.
He advised the media to try as much as they could to portray the country in good light in order to enhance Nigeria?s global investment climate.
“I want to plead with you to try as much as you can to protect our country and our economy through your reportage.??
The MD described the media as critical stakeholders in the success of 2015 general elections and urged them to shun sensational reporting of events to avoid over heating the polity.
Essien said that the basin had rehabilitated and reconstructed over 150 boreholes within Cross
River and Akwa Ibom which were part of over 300 dilapidated and abandoned boreholes inherited by his administration.
He also said that over 50 new ones had been constructed and equipped with solar systems for sustainability.
He pledged continued partnership with the media for the benefit of the organisation and Nigeria at large.
In his speech, Chairman of the state council of NUJ, Ndoma Akpet, said that Journalists in the state were ready to partner with the CRBDA for the good of the two states.
Akpet said that the collaboration with the organisation will enable the people to know more about the activities of the authority.
“We are ready to partner with you in whichever way possible in order to showcase your activities to the people.
“I believe that by so doing, the people will appreciate you the more as well as make proper use of your facilities.??
According to him, as the watch dog of the society, it is the responsibility of the media to create awareness on some developmental activities such as those of CRBDA.