Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state Wednesday charged the management of the state owned newspaper, “The Pointer”, to as a matter of importance intensify efforts aimed at increasing the circulation of the tabloid for self reliance. The also appealed to Journalists to always be fair and just in their reportage so as maintain the dignity of the profession and discipline.
The SMART agenda governor who made the appeal while playing host to the Delta state executive of the Nigeria Union Of Journalists (NUJ), led by its chairman, Mr. Mike Ikeogwu, in his office, government house, Asaba, admonished the press especially the new media to always cross check their facts before publishing so as not to heat up the polity.
Okowa who congratulated the NUJ for conducting a free, fair and credible election, advocated the need to work hard as a democratic nation to ensure that all election reflects the will of the people, advising further that “NUJ should guide their members to be fair and just, and reflect the discipline expected of them, it is better to cross check the facts you post especially on social media, people go on social media to post things they know are lies, and tell lies about other people.”
According to the governor “We need to cross check facts before posting. It is my hope that NUJ in Delta will guide its members in the course of duty to be fair to everyone and just in their reporting. Now with the new media, all manner of reporting is out there in the public, it is very unfortunate that people can say things that do not exist or post things that they know is false. You must find ways of talking with your members and those of them that put the government in bad light by reporting negative issues.” Okowa lamented.
In his address presented earlier, chairman of the Delta state council of the Nigeria Union Of Journalists (NUJ), Mr. Mike Ikeogwu, hinted the governor that they were in Government House to present the newly elected executive members of the union to him.