Gov Umo Eno urges Nigerian editors to prioritize development-oriented reportage

Gov Umo Eno and president of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, Mr. Eze Anaba during a visit by the Guild to the governors 

By Williams Ago

Governor of Akwa-Ibom State, Pastor Umo Eno, has appealed to Nigerian Editors to engender a new template of reportage that is development oriented.

He made the call in his address at the commencement of the 19th All Nigeria Editors Conference in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom State, where he said caution must be applied by media practitioners not to brake the fabric of the society.

According to the governor, "no one desire a plaint media that act like the cheer-leaders to the government, but in trying to break the news, we should be careful not to break the fabric of the society," adding, "you need the nation first in order to freely practice your profession."

He stated that the growth of any society is predicated on how such a society is being defined, its national ethos, characteristics, identify and its defining values.

"If there is the constant drib-drib of negative reportage, where the challenges of the process of our nation-building are overly magnified and our symbols of authority, randomly demonized and our potentials routinely talked down on, in spite of how large such a market may be, foreign investors will be wary of coming in such a volatile environment.

"I want to plead that you use the media, to engender a new template of reportage, one that is developmental-oriented, where our leaders are called to account without being overly obtrusive,” he pleaded.

The governor however thanked the media for the support he enjoyed from them in the State since assuming office.

He particularly commended the Nigerian Union of Journalist, Akwa Ibom State Council, the Correspondent Chapel, the publishers of the local tabloids, the heads of electronic media among others for buying into his administration's ARISE Agenda..
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