By Torobong EKPO
The Special Assistant to Governor Udom Emmanuel on Local Media, Mr. Uko Umoh, has called on media practitioners in the state to shun sensational journalism, ensure all their reportage are factual, truthful and in tandem with the ethics of the profession.
Umoh, who stated this, during the maiden Thanksgiving Service of Federated Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, held at The Apostolic Church, Ewet Housing Estate, Uyo, stressed that the wanton attack on the State Government was gradually demeaning the integrity of the profession and advised practitioners not to surrender themselves to politicians for use as a gap stop.
The Governor’s aide, however, commended the leadership of Federated Chapel for eliminating quackery in the chapel, and urged them to keep the flag flying.
He disclosed that, the governor was on the verge of cementing unity and togetherness in the state thereby advocating needs for issue based reportage.
“Morality and professional ethics must be our guiding compass as we carry out our social responsibility as members of the fourth estate of the realm and watchdog of the society.
“I join you to thank God today, that, He has seen our dear state through the turbulent period of election and politics and has brought us to this era, where we have to work together and build our state through good governance. It is high time we sheathed our sword and come together to contribute in our different capacities to build the Akwa Ibom State of our dreams. Government needs our support, and we must be ready to put our hands on the plow to support it to succeed in its development programmes. Let’s not engage on issues that will continue to set the state on the path of division, but let’s toe the path that will unite us, together as people from one ancestral stock.”
“The media must seek to chart direction, build society and advance the cause of humanity. But reports of this reverse role tend to set Akwa Ibom on the path of division. While the government, under the leadership of Deacon Udom Gabriel Emmanuel is working assiduously to cement unity and togetherness in the state, those bent on reaping political capitals out of our divisiveness are actively deploying the media for this dastardly role. The wanton media attack on Government and the public office holders are demeaning the noble profession of Journalism and we must turn away from those unethical and unprofessional practices, which are inimical to the growth and development of the state. It’s disheartening that, the media, the fourth estate of the realm, which suppose to guide the operation and development in the society is fanning embers of discord, acrimony, ethnicity, tribalism and division in our state. Media, particularly in our dear state have become the platform for politicians, who want to settle political scores, thereby turning the media to instrument of character assassination and image smearing,” the release ended.