NUJ boss cautions journalists against sensational reporting

Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin

Nigerian Union of Journalists has again been cautioned against sensationalism in the discharge of their professional duties.

The chairman of the Kwara State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, (NUJ) comrade Abiodun Abdulkareem gave the charge on Sunday in Ilorin the Kwara State Capital while speaking with newsmen.

Comrade Abdulkareem said as the 4th estate of the realm, media professionals should report events fairly and with all sanctity and avoid taking sides.

The NUJ chairman said the council is putting in all efforts to ensure that quackery is eliminated from the state and warned those in the practice to desist in their own interest, stressing that ethics and disciplinary committee has been set up to check the activities of quacks.

Comrade Abdulkareem commended the state government under the leadership of Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed who he described as a friend of media practitioners for repositioning and remodelling of the state owned media houses.

He also appealed to the government to provide the media outfits with modern equipment and equally take care of the media workers.

The NUJ chairman expressed the support of journalists in the state for the ongoing verification exercise being carried out by the government, explaining that it would allow government to plan well for its workers and know the exact workforce and called for fairness and sincerity in the exercise.

Comrade Abdulkareem who commended journalists in the state for their support to the present executive of the council, gave assurance that the issue of welfare and security in the discharge of their duties would at all times be given top priority.

He added that the Journalists estate project, the International Institute of Journalists (IIJ) programme and the pen house were on course and praised the cordial relationship existing between other sister’s unions such as RATTAWU, SWAN and NAWOJ.