Rivers State Governor and Chairman, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has appealed to the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), not to allow non-journalists to destroy the journalism profession.
Amaechi made the call yesterday in Port Harcourt while declaring open the sixth state triennial delegates conference of the Rivers State Council of the NUJ, with the theme: ‘A Vibrant Press, National Stability And Economic Process’.
The governor, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Rivers State Ministry of Information, Mr. Sam Woka said, “I am appealing to journalists to go ahead and follow up with what is happening globally. Please, don’t allow non-journalists to destroy your profession. Let the union regulate activities of journalists; let the union legalize the code of conduct; let the union publish and legalize qualifications of journalists.”
In his opening remarks, chairman of the occasion and vice chancellor of the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Prof Barineme Bekee Fakae described the NUJ as a major stakeholder in the development of the country.
Fakae therefore advised NUJ to continue to connect journalists nationwide with the information and opportunities they need to advance professionally and improve the media in Nigeria.
He said, “The Nigeria Union of Journalists as a professional media organization should continue to connect journalists nationwide with the information and opportunities they need to advance professionally and improve the media in Nigeria.