In his address, the Chairman of the Council, Elder Patrick Albert noted that while the society needs a responsive media practice to thrive, there is need for the practice to be carried out responsibly in other not to destroy the society which the media seeks to build.
He said for that to be achieved, it was imperative for media practitioners to revisit the teachings on principles guiding journalism practice even as his led administration will not relent effort in the training and retraining of its members.
Elder Albert commended the body for their solidarity to the Union exemplified in their decision to be the first to pay a courtesy call on the new executive.
He added ” I have followed with keen interest most activities of your members. I feel so happy to belong to journalism practice in Akwa Ibom State. I see dynamism and courage especially among the young minds. I want to charge you to continue to be passionate but not allow politicians to set us on fire against ourselves. Carve a niche for yourself. But do that responsibly “.
Earlier in his address, the Chancellor of the group, Mr Ifreke Nsewo congratulated the new executive for emerging victorious at poll, stressing that the reelection of Elder Patrick Albert has proved that performance and humility in service will always triumph over falsehood.
While commending Elder Albert for taking the Union to heights worthy to be reckoned with, he pointed out that among the things that has endeared the group to the State Chairman is his interest in online Media as exemplified in his presence on Social Media platforms, provision of ICT centre for journalists and frequent use of the Online Media for information dissemination.
Mr. Nsewo noted that since Online Publishing has come to stay and perhaps its emergence has made publishing business challenging for the print media, the group was ready to partner the Council to help print Media outfits embrace Online Publishing.
They pledged their loyalty to Elder Patrick Albert’s led administration and reiterate their desire to have an Online Chapel, adding that they are working to meet the necessary requirements.