From Ahmad Mohammed, Bauchi
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has called for understanding and synergy between journalists and security agencies in the country as part of efforts to have sustainable security and national development.
National President of the Union, Comrade Chris Isuguzo made this call yesterday during the opening ceremony of Press Week organized by Bauchi State Council of the NUJ held at Zaranda Hotel, Bauchi.
He said that, the theme of this year’s celebration which is “ PRESS, INSECURITY AND NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT”, is relevant particularly in this trying moment when the country is engulfed with disturbing security challenges of Boko Haram, Kidnappings, Farmers/Herders clashes, militancy in the Niger Delta etc.
Represented by his deputy, Alhaji Mukhtar Gidado, the NUJ national president said journalist in the mass media and indeed the security machineries of government are partners in progress in ensuring security and national development of any society and have always been protected in times of war and conflicts.”
Isuguzo said the recent associated challenges that we are facing in our country are not insurmountable. We must practice our chosen profession according to its ethical standard as expected by the people.
The president commended the Bauchi State Council for the initiative, assured that the national leadership would always support councils and chapels that are very proactive in initiating laudable programs.
The state NUJ Chairman, Comrade Ibrahim Malam Goje explained that the NUJ Press Week is primarily celebrated to foster unity and understanding among members of the union, update the knowledge of journalists as well as afford them the opportunity to share ideas on current issues in an organized social forum.
He said beside the Press Week, the state council had organized ministerial press briefings in collaboration with ministry of information, free eye consultations to members in collaboration with Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital, Ramadan dinners and series of trainings to members within the last two years.
Chairman said “ While doing these successfully, plans are in the concluding stage for the restoration of the Study Centre of International Institute of Journalism (IIJ) in Bauchi for training in Diploma and Post Graduate Diploma”.
Bauchi State Governor Mohammed Abubakar represented by his deputy Abdu Sule Katagum asserted that journalists are duty bound to checkmate the spread of fake news in the social media by countering them with factual stories.