Media practitioners have been urged to partner effectively with the Nigeria Police Force to strengthen security across the nation.
The Commissioner of Police, Cross River State, Southern Nigeria, Henry Fadairo stressed the need for the media to engage in campaigns against insurgencies and criminalities.
Fadairo, who was speaking during an interactive session with a new executive of the Nigeria Union of Journalists-NUJ, Cross River State council, said the role of the media in enhancing security can never be over emphasized.
According to the Commissioner, “the Police command in Cross River State has been successful in addressing security challenges due to its robust relationship with the media. Through objective reports of our activities, the State has enjoyed peace and we appreciate your efforts.”
Fadairo urged the council to encourage its members to uphold journalism ethics and focus on promoting national unity.
“I advise you to continue to cooperate with us and I assure you that we will continue to partner with you,” he said.
The Chairman of the State council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Victor Udu said the visit was to commend the Nigeria Police Force for its effort to maintain peace and security despite threats from none members of the noble profession to scuttle the process.
Udu noted that effective mobilisation of Police officers and men restored orderliness, peace and unity in the Union.
The Chairman also enjoined the police to extend the same cooperation with the State and its people as the local government election draw near.
“We will strive to sustain the existing relationship between the Command and Journalists in the state. But, we appreciate the Command for its efforts to maintain peace during the just concluded election of the NUJ in the State,” Udu said.
He stated that, “Cross River State will soon conduct local government election across the eight council areas and we implore you to sustain democracy through your effort as peace vanguards. Let the people see and appreciate your presence during that time.
On our part, we will continue to support you in your efforts to keep us safe and secure.”
The Chairman and executive of the Cross River State council of the NUJ were inaugurated on April 2, 2016 after a peaceful election.