OrderPaperToday – Speaker, Delta state House of Assembly, Mr. Monday Igbuya has charged journalists to uphold fairness, objectivity and credibility in the discharge of their duties.
Mr. Igbuya gave this admonition while applauding members of the Nigeria union of Journalists (NUJ), Delta State chapter for following their stipulated rule of setting up a five man committee to run the affairs of the union and conduct fresh elections within 3 months
In a statement by his media aide, Henry Ebireri in Asaba, the speaker commended the members of the union for doing what is constitutionally right pending the election of new officers.
He admonished the newly constituted committee to be free, fair and transparent without any prejudice in performing their responsibilities.
The speaker went further to encourage the committee to look into factors responsible for the hitches in the previous exercise and focus on correcting all wrongs emulating international standards.
He also stressed the need for all stakeholders to be properly informed so they are not used as objects by people with selfish interest while encouraging journalists to be professionally guided and erase quackery from the journalism profession.
He said: “Governance and development are essentially processes of information, education and communication. Good governance cannot take place when there is ineffectual or insufficient communication.
“Lawmakers require information to identify, analyze and prioritize the needs of the constituencies they serve. The activities of the Sixth Assembly and programmes of Honourable Members have to be communicated.”