Be Factual, Uduaghan Urges Journalists, Commends ASUU


The Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan has charged journalists to

be truthful in their reportage of events.
The Governor who gave his charge yesterday [17-12-13] at the Opening

Ceremony/Lecture of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Delta State Chapter

Press Week said that journalists as Fourth Estate of the Realm  have a

onerous responsibility to always publish the truth and what is right so

that the country can move forward  stressing  “that even if it is negative

but truthful, government will accept it and make adjustments.“

He reminded journalists in the country that they have a stake in ensuring

the survival and progress of the country, emphasising that “any action

that will not bring peace and development whether from the leaders or the

followers should be discouraged”.
While decrying the blackmail and deliberate falsehood on the training

programme for journalists sponsored by the state government early this

year, Dr. Uduaghan said that government sponsored the programme as part of

its belief in human capital development stating that “we know that your

employers may not be in a position to organise training programme for you.

We took up the responsibility to develop journalists in the state so as to

improve their performance. What we got in return was blackmail and

deliberate falsehood from among the journalists”.
The governor informed that the state government would continue the

training programme for journalists as it was beneficial for their

development calling on those who have not benefitted to be patient and

wait for their turn rather than take to blackmail.

Governor Uduaghan commended the Academic Staff Union of Universities

[ASUU] for calling off the 5 months old strike action. He also commended

the federal government and other stakeholders for their roles in ensuring

that the ASUU members call off the strike action.
DR. Uduaghan also commended the state NUJ Executive for the peace and

unity in the union and for learning from the challenges the union faced in

the past.
The State NUJ Chairman, Comrade Norbert Chiazor described Dr. Uduaghan as

media friendly governor and commended him ofr his large heartedness,

patience and forgiving spirit.
He stated that the union would continue to partner with the state

government in ensuring peace and development in the state.