From Osakhare Erese, Asaba
The Management and Board of the Delta State Printing and Publishing Company Limited, Publishers of The Pointer Newspapers yesterday warned journalists against plagiarism and unethical practice, saying that any journalist involved in plagiarism and unethical conducts in the course of carrying out his/her professional duties, would be sanctioned in accordance with the laws.
Describing plagiarism and unethical practice as “curse and unprofessional” Dr. David Oghenekevwe, the Board Chairman of the Newspapers’ Company who gave the advice yesterday in Asaba when he met with Executive of the Nigeria Union of Journalists.
The Pointer Chapel, disclosed that the advice became necessary considering the litany of cases of plagiarism and unethical practice in the law courts.
While urging the union members to live as one family, Dr. Oghenekevwe said that the volumes of petitions by members of staff of the company were becoming disturbing, adding that there was the need for peaceful coexistence, rather than checkmating one another with petitions.
He said: “I want to warn against plagiarism, unethical practice, and petitions writing, it is getting too much for staffers to be writing petitions to checkmate one another, we are the management levels are not happy about such acts, it is barbaric and uncalled for”.
Noting that continued funding of the state owned Newspapers by government would reduce the burden of the managements, the board chairman explained that the present disturbing level of acrimony, ill feelings and backbiting among staffers of the company has to be reduced, disclosing that over sixty petitions were received in 2016 by various staff of the company.
He said: “The ideal ways of working together is to rob minds rather than petition in any challenges, within the Newspapers’ Company” and commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for his commitment towards the substance of The Pointer Newspaper.
He urged various unions of the company to work with management and the Board as a team devoid of any form antagonism for peace and cordial working environment, adding: “whatever we do, whatever steps we take, look back to enable you know where you are coming from, stop all forms of petition writing, it will not help”.
But the Union Chairman, Mr. Sunny Egede tasked the Board and Management of the company to ensure the welfare of the workers, particularly are taken into consideration, adding that the need for peaceful co-existence cannot be over emphasized.
On the warnings against plagiarism, the union chairman lauded the Board Chairman for the steps taken to ensure journalists under Pointer Newspaper are not involved in the act.