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Ikpeazu tasks journalists on objective reporting

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Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia has called on media professionals to demonstrate utmost objectivity in their reportage in view of the critical role they play in ensuring peace and stable polity.


Ikpeazu made the call on Friday in Umuahia during the grand-finale of the 2019 Press Week, organised by the Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Abia council.


The governor, who was represented by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Onyebuchi Ememanka, urged journalists to be mindful of the key responsibility society places on them as the realm with the power to control the information flow.


He asked: “What kind of information do you put out to the public as a professional journalist? “Are you in the habit of disseminating only bad news about the state or the federal government on any issue?”


Ikpeazu, who expressed concern over the growing trend of blackmail by the media against government at all levels, urged them to be circumspect in the discharge of their duty.


He, however, said that journalists in the state had acquitted themselves remarkably by going the extra mile to present balanced reports to the public.


The governor assured the journalists of the continued effort of his adminstration to provide the enabling environment for them to perform their duties without let or hindrance.


“We believe in the freedom of the press, we believe that people have the right to hold their own opinion.


“So nobody will be harrassed in the course of doing his job as a journalist in Abia,” he said.


Sen. Theodore Orji, representing Abia Central District, urged social media practioners to acquire the basic training in journalism in order to discharge their duty professionally.


The former governor of the state, who was represented by Mr Jerry Uzosike, member representing Umuahia South State Constituency, commended journalists for their critical role in promoting unity and development in the country.


He promised that he would not support any legislation in the National Assembly that would be geared towards gaging the press.


Mr Okiyi Kalu, the Commissioner for Information, charged journalists to embrace Information Communication Technology so as to enhance their skills in modern day communication and achieve greater milestones in the profession.


“You that are professionals should improve yourselves and involve in blogging


“Try to distinguish yourselves as journalists from those who only own social media account and claim to be journalists,” he said.


The Chairman of the occasion, Chief Gabriel Onyendilefu, expressed worry about the challenges of the social media in the society.


Onyendilefu, who is a Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, urged journalists to help the government by criticising constructively and reporting objectively for the progress of the state.


Earlier in his opening remarks, Chief Obinna Ibe, the Chairman of the Correspondents Chapel, said that the week was the period journalists set aside to evaluate their performances within one calendar year.


“It is a kind of self-appraisal, to reflect on what we (journalists) have done rightly or wrongly  in our daily reportage in line with the ethics of our revered profession,” he said.


Ibe said that it was also a time to honour men and women who had carved a niche for themselves in their various chosen careers.


In his goodwill message, the Chairman of Abia NUJ, Mr John Emejor, commended the chapel for a successful press week.


Emejor, who was represented by his vice, Mr Mathias Nwogu, tasked journalists on developmental journalism.


Highlights of the event was the presentation of awards to three distinguished personalities for their contribution to humanity and society.


The awardees included Sen. Orji, the Commissioner for Finance, Dr Aham Uko, the Transition Committee Chairman of Aba South Local Government Area, Dr NCNC Okoli, and Chief Okey Nzenwa, the Chief Executive Officer of the revived Golden Guinea Breweries Plc, Umuahia.


Nigeria News Agency reports that the theme of the Press Week was “Challenges of Social media to mainstream media in journalism practice in Nigeria.”



(Edited by Sam Oditah)

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Jigawa pensioners demand N20,000 minimum pension

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The Jigawa State Council of Pensioners has demanded for a minimum pension of N20,000 for its members as the state government approved the payment of N30,000 new minimum wage for its workers.

The demand is contained in a statement issued by Mr Abdullahi Tsoho, the council’s chairman, in Dutse on Friday.

Nigeria News Agency reports that Gov. Muhammad Badaru of Jigawa, had on Dec. 4, announced his administration’s readiness to commence payment of  the N30,000 minimum wage to its workers in December.

“The council wishes to commend Gov. Badaru for approving the N30,000 minimum wage and consequential increase to workers’ salary.

“The union, therefore, requests for immediate corresponding increase for pensioners as contained in section 173(3) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” the statement said.

It pointed out that some of the pensioners were currently receiving less than N3,000 hence the need for the increment.

“Considering the fact that some pensioners are currently receiving less than N3,000, we demand for a minimum pension of N20,000.

“Afterall, we go to the same market and what is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander,” the statement said.

It called on the pensioners to be calm and prayerful, while assuring that their interests would be protected at all times.

Edited & Vetted By: Razak Owolabi/Donald Ugwu
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Commissioner tasks NAWOJ on reportage of violence against women

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Mrs Halima Jabiru, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Nasarawa State, has urged women journalists to play leading roles in reporting issues of violence against women.

Jabiru made this call on Friday in Lafia when the Nasarawa State chapter of the Nigerian Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) visited her.

The commissioner said that NAWOJ had crucial roles to play in support of the crusade against domestic violence.

“As women journalists, you should give more attention to the issues of violence against women and children in your reportage,” she said.

She said the ministry would partner other stakeholders towards protecting the domestic rights of women and children.

Earlier, Hadiza Umaru, NAWOJ chairperson, Nasarawa State, expressed the commitment of the association to promote actions that would protect women’s rights and welfare.

In a related development, the commissioner has urged female teachers in the state to exhibit motherly principles in discharging their duties.

Jabiru made the call when the women wing of the Nigerian Union of Teachers, Nasarawa State chapter, visited her on Friday.

The leader of the group, Salamatu Abdullahi, said the visit was to congratulate the commissioner on her appointment.

She described the efforts of the commissioner in the campaign on violence against women and children as commendable. NAN)

Edited & Vetted By: Azubuike Okeh/Yemi Idris-Aduloju
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Kogi Govt. issues operating licences to new private schools

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The Kogi Government, on Friday, issued operating licences to 53 new private schools that met the minimum standard for the establishment of schools across the state.

The Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology in the state, Mrs Rosemary Osikoya, made this diclosure at the licence presentation ceremony in Lokoja.

According to her, 308 private schools classified under three categories, will receive licences out of no fewer than 5,000 private schools in Kogi.

“Fifty three new schools under category ‘A’ have met the minimum standard while 21 schools under category ‘B’ that are yet to meet the standard will receive tentative licence approval based on conditions.

“The licences of 150 schools under category ‘C’ will be renewed while 84 other schools are still going through licence processing; making 308 schools both primary and secondary,’’ Adeleye said.

She said that the Ministry of Education had in 2018 and 2019, conducted an annual census to ascertain the number of schools and their status across the state.

Osikoya noted that the two reports revealed that some private schools were operating illegally and did not meet the minimum standard for school establishment.

She said that the ministry revoked the school licences based on the governors’ directive that there should not be proliferation of illegal schools.

Osikoya lauded the governor for his achievements in the education sector, as the ministry had been able to bridge the policy governance gaps and strengthened alliance with relevant stakeholders.

The commissioner, on behalf of the governor, congratulated the proprietors of the beneficiary schools for making the list, and urged them to continue to improve on quality education.

Dr Yaqeen Habeeb, the state Chairman, National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), who spoke  on behalf of the proprietors, thanked the government for the gesture.

Habeeb called on the government to continue to support the association and carry them along in the scheme of things while he urged the beneficiaries to continually build on the present standard.

Edited & Vetted By: Chinyere Bassey/Yemi Idris-Aduloju
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Foundation supports 250 primary school pupils with educational materials in Adamawa

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An Adamawa based NGO, Dadah Foundation for Educational Empowerment, has distributed educational materials to 250 pupils in some selected primary schools in the state.

Dr. Usman Dadah, Chairman Board of Trustees of the foundation, presented the items on Friday,0 at Makolhi Camp of Internally Displaced Persons School, in Yola South Local Government Area (LGA).

Dadah said the educational intervention was meant to support orphans, girl-child and the less privileged children in the state.

He said the educational materials distributed included exercise books, pencils, sharpeners and cleaners.

“The benefiting primary schools include Malkohi IDPs camp, Yolde Pate, Yelwa and Wuro Addayel primary schools in Yola South, Yola North and Fufore LGAs.

“The donation will ease the burden on parents and guardians as well as to complementing government efforts in educating citizens,” Dadah said.

He said among the core objectives of the foundation was the provision of educational support to children of the Internally Displaced Persons, who were affected by insurgency and other communal crises.

Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, the Malkohi IDPs Camp Manager, Mr Abdullahi Yakubu, expressed gratitude for the gesture and solicited for more in other areas.

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Centre suggests application of PR best practices to tackle civil unrest, strikes

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Centre suggests application of PR best practices to tackle civil unrest, strikes

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Abuja, Dec.6, 2019 The Centre for Public Service Productivity and Development, says effective application of best practices in public relations can reduce civil unrest, industrial strikes and enhance national productivity.

In a statement on Friday in Abuja, Mr Chris Egbu, a faculty member of the centre, said the position was reached by participants at the end of the International Public Relations and Protocol Conference, taking place between Dec. 2 and Dec. 6, in Accra, Ghana.

Egbu said participants at the conference also emphasised the need to harmonise the international protocol code by countries.

“It was observed that recent conflicts between Presidents of foreign super powers are due to non-adherence to best practices in international public relations and protocol.

“Tensions at bilateral talks among countries can be reduced if leaders of delegation observe a protocol that states “never say no while reacting to proposals expressed by their counterparts,’’ he said.

Egbu suggested that answers such as; “we will give thought to the matter; we may get back on the matter in due course’’, would be more civil and produce better results.

He said some open confrontations caused by remarks at bilateral talks could be avoided by more diplomatic responses.

Also according to the statement, Rita Rockson, Team Lead, Le Papillion Core of Ghana, called on public relations professionals to cut through the online clutter with arguments that are persuasive, believable and actionable.

Rockson said the power, value and influence of public relations had never been in greater need than now.

According to her, current unrest and crisis in most countries leading to sustained demonstration and civil unrest underscore the need for public relations in a democratic society where people have freedom to debate and make decisions.

It said participants urged organisations to train and retrain their public relations professionals to ensure peace and harmony in the community, the marketplace, the home, the workplace and the voting booth.

Edited & Vetted By: Nyisom Fiyigon Dore
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IOM to establish pineapple factory for returnees in Edo

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The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) says it will establish  a pineapple processing plant in Edo State for the  reintegration of  returnees from Libya and other countries.

The organisation’s Project Consultant, Mr Babatunde Abdulkareem, made the disclosure on Friday, while inspecting the plant’s equipment with the Ovia South West Local Government Council’s Chairman, Mr Destiny Enabulele.

Abdulkareem, who said that the initiative was a Community Based Re-integration Process (CBRP), added that it was meant to reintegrate the returnees as well as provide them with means of livelihood.

“It is our believe that this plant would serve as a means of reintegrating these returnees.

“The plant will also create job opportunities and discourage people from embarking on such journeys in search of `greener pastures’,” he said.

According to him, the pineapple processing factory and the Community Based Re-integration Process (CBRP), would be first of its kind in Africa.

The IOM’s consultant said that the organisation was working hard at curbing illegal migration and human trafficking, adding that it would continue to prioritise returnees’ rehabilitation and reintegration.

He said that the pineapple processing plant was a means of ensuring the sustainability of the resettlement programme for the victims of illegal migration.

Abdulkareem said that the decision to establish the plant in Ovia South West Local Government Council was due to the council’s bumper production of pineapple in the state.

The Council’s Chairman, Mr Destiny Enabulele, assured the organisation of the council’s readiness to provide adequate security for the factory and its personnel.

Edo State has  been rated as having the highest number of  illegal migrants and human trafficking activities in the last two years, with no fewer than 4,500 returnees from Libya.

Edited /Ifeyinwa Omowole

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