Akume Tasks Journalists On Objectivity

By Denen AchussahFormer Governor of Benue State and Minister for Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Senator George Akume, has urged journalists to always be objective, fair and balanced in all their undertakings.
Akume gave the charge at the NUJ House Makurdi on Tuesday, 14th December, 2022, during the opening ceremony of the Maiden Gubernatorial Interactive Forum (M-GIF), organised by the Benue State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in collaboration with FESTIVA.
The minister was represented at the event by Minority Leader of the 9th Benue Assembly and former Benue State Council Chairman of NUJ, Bem Mngutyo.
Akume, who commended journalists for their role in nation building urged them to remain focused in the discharge of their constitutional duties.
Dr. Chris Orngu of Benue State University Makurdi, spoke on the topic: Promoting Participatory Democracy and Good Governance.”
He said there is complete disconnect between the representatives of the people and the business of governance. 
According to Dr. Orngu, the stakeholders who call themselves representatives are very selfish people that don’t represent the interest of the people and only take advantage of the grassroots people to satisfy their personal desires.
The scholar, who faulted the practice of zoning argued that the major problem in Nigeria is the electoral process. He suggested that if the institutions of governance are working, the country will be better off.
And strongly, the university don thinks the judiciary must have its full autonomy and working.
He also emphasised the process of leadership recruitment, elimination of religion and ethnicity, as according to him, doing so will help to achieving participatory democracy.
“Let people understand the strength and weaknesses of the people in power, he urged members of the press,” he said.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Caretaker Chairman of NUJ, Benue State Council, Stephen Ijo said the idea of the interface is to deepen democratic process.
He is optimistic that the outcome will be beneficial to political parties and electorate in making informed decision about who to trust in leadership position.

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