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Plateau govt abhors “praise-singing” journalism

by Christiana Gokyo, Jos

Media men have been told that, Governor Simon Lalong administration is against praise-singing. Rather, all he wants is “developmental” journalism whereby reports would be captured accurately and fairly.

The governor’s “wishes” were relayed by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr. Makut Simon Machan, who made the assertion during the swearing-in of the newly elected EXCO of the correspondent chapel election on Friday, in Jos.

Dr. Machan appealed to the newly elected leaders to reach out to their co-contestants because, according to him, “It’s a family affair and government looks forward to work together to achieve their vision.”

He also assured to work with the new executive members of the correspondents’ chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalist (NUJ), Plateau State Council, and congratulated the chapel for finding the new executive suitable to pilot the affairs of the chapel for the next three years.

Also, commissioner of information and communications, Hon. Dan Manjang, commended the outcome executive for the support the government enjoyed since they came on board.

At the same time, he assured to continue to carry the press along and thank them for their cooperation and urged them to bear with the government continue to maintain ethics and code of conduct of the profession, which is the hallmark of journalism.

The NUJ chairman, Mr. Paul Jatau, commended the maturity that was exhibited in the build-up to the election, and urged members to support the new exco in their desire to move it to greater heights.

The zonal president of the NUJ for Zone D, Chief Wilson Bako, charged members to protect the profession by being true professionals in discharging their duties.

He commended the Plateau State Government for the priority it gave the NUJ, especially the rebuilding of the NUJ Press Centre in Jos, and called on other states to emulate such attention to the union.

Those elected include Gyang Bere, Chairman; Francis Douglas, Vice Chairman; Pam Musa, Financial Secretary; Martha Azi Nyam, Treasurer; John Farinola, Assistant Secretary and Jude Dangwam, Auditor.

The position of secretary was to be contested by two members, who brought forward. One stepped down and the second was disqualified; so, it was proposed to be held at a later date.

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