Abia State Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, has assured journalists in the state of his willingness to partner with them for better coverage of the activities of the government.
Kalu also offered to organise free online news reporting training for news correspondents in Abia State.
Speaking in Umuahia during the Media Week/launch of almanac event of the Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Kalu said that there is need for synergy if the state is to grow in all areas.
Kalu assured members of the NUJ of his readiness and willingness to work closely with them to advance the course of journalism through organising trainings to bring the practitioners up to date with the demands of modern journalism.
He used the forum to tell the people of the state of his open door policy and his readiness to always tell them the truth about government activities at all times even it will not be pleasing to all concerned.
In his speech, the Chairman of the occasion, Chief Reagan Ufomba, represented by the News Manager of Radio Nigeria Pace-setter FM Umuahia, Sir Obinna Odonwuike, called on journalists in the state to continue to balance their reports and ensure they verify and get all shades of opinion before running with stories.
Delivering a lecture titled: ‘Journalism Practice in Abia State: Problems and Prospects,’ a former Head of Mass Communication Department, Abia State University, Uturu, Dr. Uwaoma Uche, regretted that journalism practice has become an ‘all comers affairs.’
In his remarks, the state Chairman of NUJ, Comrade John Emejor, stated that journalists in Abia State have resolved to always get their facts, stories and analysis right and ensure the people are properly informed. He advocated that development journalism should be upheld in Abia State.
In his address, the Chairman, Correspondents Chapel, Mr. Emma Ugwu said the media week celebration offers correspondents the opportunity to review the activities of the Chapel in the last one year.
Egwu described 2017 as challenging to Abia-based journalists as it was the year that the “python danced at the NUJ press centre” and thanked God that the madness did not result in the death of any journalist.