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Be objective in reportage – Obiano urges journalists

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ANAMBRA State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, has charged media practitioners to always engage the government to engender meaningful development to the populace through objective reporting.

Obiano made the call at opening of two-day 2019 Media Summits and Awards, organised by Anambra State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), under the theme, Media, Legislature and National Development.

The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Dr Nkem Okeke, admitted that “every good leader required the media to feel the pulse of his followers which government functionaries may not be able to carry on effectively.

“But it depends on the integrity, honesty and sincerity of the media. It will not work if the government doesn’t have integrity. It cannot work if the media join in spreading false information. The media has the capacity to make the government to be accountable and listen to the cries of people

“We should be careful when we sit down to write. You should be careful and objective in writing your stories. Integrity is the key. We should not collect money to tell lies. Posterity can judge us on what we write,” he added.

On her part, the first female professor of Mass Communication in Nigeria and former Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Prof. Stella Okunna, argued that Nigeria might fail to actualise the Sustainable Development Goals (SDPs) if the media do not join the force.

Okunna, while describing the media as very powerful and veritable tool to shake the world, urged journalists to hold onto the ethics of the profession and courageously perform their function as watchdogs, not attack or lap dogs.

Delivering a lecture on Media, Democracy and Development, the Lead Speaker, Dr Obiora Okonkwo, advised the media against reporting only the negative aspects of the society but to also influence development through their reports.

The business mogul and chieftain of the People Democratic Party (PDP), charged media practitioners, particularly in Nigeria, to always engage the government to engender meaningful development to the populace through objective reporting for the sustainability of the country’s democracy. He urged journalists to engage on training and get exposed to modern trends with a view to effectively report happenings and ways forward.

Okonkwo, who spoke extensively emphasised  that the media has the capacity to make the government to be accountable and listen to the cries of people.

Earlier, the Chairman of NUJ, Anambra State Council, Sir Emmanuel Ifesinachi, in his address, said the summit, which was third of its kind, served as platform where media executives and journalists meet to brainstorm and propose ways forward for good governance, journalism, development and democracy.

Also,Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation (ANPC), Sir Chuka Nnabuife, stressed the importance of developmental journalism.   The event chaired by Chief Ifeatu Obi-Okoye, Special Adviser to Governor Obiano on Politics had in attendance top government functionaries and representatives of the Police, FRSC and others.

 

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