NAN, critical partner in promoting truth, integrity – MD

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By Ahmed Ubandoma

Malam Ali Muhammed Ali, the Managing Director, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) says the Agency will continue to lead as a critical partner in promoting truth and integrity.

Ali said this on Thursday when he received members of the Lux Terra Leadership Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organisation, on a courtesy visit to his office in Abuja.

NAN reports that Lux Terra Leadership Foundation has over the years, been championing advocacy in anti-corruption, integrity and value reorientation.

He explained that the agency “is very circumspect in the use of words, avoids controversial reports and promotes facts and accuracy in its contents”.

“NAN has been a long standing ally of the truth, national rebirth of which Lux terra is championing at various levels – the level of schools, leaders of thought and the media.

”Media is an important partner in any kind of national rebirth, whether in Africa or elsewhere; our agency here, like I said, is a natural ally and a perfect partner for your foundation.

”We share in the ideals of lux terra leadership foundation for a more integrated nation” he said.

Ali said that, NAN, in line with its statutory mandate, has been projecting the Nigerian story positively, over the years.

”The agency share in some of these sentiments you expressed, including  promoting integrity,  moral probity,  uprightness and the socialisation of the Nigerian Youth,” he said

The NAN MD assured the agency’s readiness to support the foundation in its determination to promote moral values in the society.

Earlier, Mr Henry Ijomah, the leader of the delegation and Manager, Training of the foundation said, the NGO had been in the forefront of advocating value reorientation.

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Ijeomah said NAN would play vital role in the campaign to promote national values and addressing societal ills, which were among the core mandates of the foundation.

He expressed optimism that partnering with NAN would help lux terra foundation towards achieving its mandate.

”Our visit is to congratulate you formally on your appointment as NAN MD.

“You were not chosen because you are a politician, but because people have distinguished you for what you have done in the media space.

“We also want NAN to help us project our stories. Nobody will know about Nigeria except you tell the Nigerian story.

“We have a number of projects that we are doing that help to promote what we consider to be real Nigerian values,” he said.

Ijomah said, the organisation focused on promoting integrity and national values.

He added that the organisation had succeeded in changing the perception of school children about examination malpractices.

”We are also working with religious leaders and institutions of learning to achieve our goals,” he said.

The meeting was attended by NAN Editor-In-Chief, Mr Ephraim Sheyin, Director of Administration and Human Resources, Mr Abdul-Hadi Khalil and Director of Special Duties, Mr Muftau Ojo among others(NAN)(

Edited by Rotimi Ijikanmi

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