By Sunday Isuwa
Ahead of 2019 general elections, journalists in the country have been urged to remain committed to ethics of fairness, balance and accurate reportage so as not to further heat up the polity.
The Ogun State commissioner for Information and Strategy, Otunba Dayo Adeneye gave this charge on Friday while declaring open a two day capacity building workshop for journalists organized by the Correspondents’ Chapel, Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, Ogun State Council.
Adeneye disclosed that as the countdown for 2019 begin, media
practitioners must remain professional, refused to be agents of
propaganda and must always consider the greater good of people and the country in their reportage
He described the theme of the training ” Effective Reportage of
Electioneering Campaign and Electoral Process” as very apt and timely commending the organiser of the training for their foresight and efforts at arming the journalists in the State with prerequisite skills for electioneering reportage.
Speaking at the event, Chairman, Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, Ogun State Council, Comrade Wole Shokunbi explained that as the watchdog of the society, training and retraining of journalists for excellent performance of their constitutional duties could never be over emphasized .
He has therefore lauded the leadership of the Correspondents’ Chapel of the State for deeming it fit to organise the training insisting that knowledge gained at the training would stand the journalists in good stead in reporting build up to 2019 elections.
The Chairman, Correspondents’ Chapel, Comrade Wale Adewumi while
welcoming participants to the two day event said the training would among other things help to sharpen the reportorial skills of the journalists and course sensitise them on how to effectively cover and report electioneering campaign.
Other speakers at the programme were Dr Goke Rauf, Director, School of Communication and Information Technology, Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Mr Dotun Oladipo, Publisher, Eagle online, Mrs Tadese Adenike, Head of Voters’ Education and Publicity as well as Mr Gabriel Akinadewo, Publisher, Freedom online.