Commissioner assures journalists of conducive relationship
From Sule Aliyu, Bauchi
Working journalists in Bauchi State have been assured of a conducive atmosphere that will enable them to practice their profession unhindered if only they will act within the ethics of their profession.
The state Commissioner of Information and Communication, Hon.Garba Dahiru gave the assurance while speaking at a forum in Bauchi, stressing that as the ‘Fourth Estate of the Realm,’ journalists have the responsibility of being fair, just and objective in their reportage.
Dahiru said since the general public has confidence in the journalists and relied on them to hear about developments within the society, they owe them a duty to be accurate, precise and clear with the information they dish out to them.
“You cannot afford to fail in doing this,” the commissioner advised them.
Dahiru, who said that he is going to operate on a strange, but very important terrain in the art of governance, assured that he would learn quickly on the job and master the art of information and communications, pleading that the truth must always be told.
“Very soon my ministry will roll out our agenda for the success of the PDP-led administration. We will make public through you the road map of the administration which will take us to 2023 when the first tenure will end,” he told them.
The commissioner expressed readiness to work with journalists in the state declaring that: “I will make my office always opened for you, feel free to come in and get clarifications on any issue before you publish.
“Please, don’t be in a hurry to publish an unconfirmed story, remember that you have the responsibility to hear from the other side for fairness and objectivity.”
He added: “You know that the governor is one of you, having had a stint as a journalist, so, all you have to do is show him that spirit of camaraderie, report his activities positively and when it becomes absolutely necessary for you to critique, please do that in all fairness and objectiveness so that your criticism will bring about positive impact in governance.”