Edo govt. tasks journalists on fact-check, seeks partnership
By Abavo Kingsley
In propagating its programmes and policies, the Edo State government has tasked practicing journalists on the need to double check the facts before going to press with their stories.
This is as the State government seeks to continue to partner journalists towards achieving set goals and objectives.
The State Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Paul Ohonbamu on Tuesday gave the task while receiving in audience, the executives of the Correspondents Chapel, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Edo State Council on a courtesy visit.
He also tasked them to take the welfare of its members seriously.
“The Correspondents Chapel and the NUJ will all work in unison for the government of the day, especially in propagating lofty policies and programmes of government.
“Where there are contradictions and misconceptions, we should always correct the things to be corrected.
“You can come to us because we have many people in society who only see the cup half empty, but do not see the cup half full. Therefore, any cup that is half empty is also half full.
“I am particularly happy with the Correspondents Chapel. Some of you have fought institutions before through hard work, struggle and perseverance.”
Earlier, the Chapel’s Chairman Mrs. Nefishetu Yakubu, in her address told the Commissioner that the election of the executives has put paid to the division that hitherto bedeviled the group.
She appealed to the Commissioner to remind the State government, Godwin Obaseki to redeem earlier promises he made to the Chapel regarding the donation of bus, equipping of the Chapel’s office complex with modern Information Communication Technology (ICT) facilities and assisting members with working tools.