By Eguonor Ighure
Sir Festus Ahon, the Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Sheriff Oborevwori of Delta, has urged Journalists in the state to ensure ethics, help promote polices and programmes of the government.
Ahon gave the charge when the newly elected executive members of the Asaba Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), led by its chairman, Mr Ifeanyi Olannye, paid him a courtesy visit on Thursday.
He commended the chapel for the peaceful conduct of its election, and congratulated the new executive members on their victories at the polls.
He emphasized the importance of journalists in the development and progress of any society and urged them to always uphold the ethics of the profession at all times.
Ahon said: “You know I am one of you and have been in this profession for decades.
“Therefore, I charge you to always verify your information and get your facts right before going to the press.
“Do not be hasty to publish anything. I am not saying you should not publish, but ensure that whatever you are publishing is not just the truth but information that helps in the growth and development of the state.
“It will not be right for you to dish out false information to the public. You owe it to them and not just to us as a government to feed the people with the right information”.
He, however, assured the union of the state government’s commitment towards the welfare of journalists in the state.
While urging the new chapel leaders to provide the needed leadership, Ahon advised them to work in unity and to be transparent in all aspects of their leadership.
Earlier, the newly elected Chairman, Olannye, said that they were in Government House, Asaba, to familiarise themselves with the Chief Press Secretary as one of their own.
Olannye pledged the chapel’s partnership with the government to effectively provide the needed public enlightenment and ensure ethical reporting to drive the M.O.R.E Agenda of the present administration.
He also lauded Oborewori for looking inward to appoint one of their own as his Chief Press Secretary.
He, however, pledged an all inclusive inclusive government in the chapel, and had called on the CPS to be open to journalists inquest to avoid speculative reporting.
NAN recalls that Mr Ifeanyi Olannye of NAN on Nov. 30, 2023 emerged as Chairman, Asaba Correspondents’ Chapel of NUJ.
Olannye polled a total of 13 votes to defeat Mr Dominic Adewole of the Telegraph and Mr Monday Osayande of the Guardian, who polled 12 votes and 11 votes respectively at the election. (NAN)
Edited by Ifeanyi Olannye/Isaac Aregbesola