Chijioke Amu-Nnadi, the Director of the Niger-Delta Development Commission (NDDC), delivered a compelling message urging journalists to champion truth and uphold ethical standards in their crucial role as societal watchdogs.
Speaking on the theme “Dangers of Gagging the Media in Contemporary Society” during the NUJ press week in Enugu on Thursday, Amu-Nnadi emphasized the pivotal role journalists play in earning public respect through unwavering commitment to truth and unbiased reporting.
Sam Udekwe, the NUJ chairman of Enugu State Council, underscored the vital function of journalism in providing accurate information to the public and holding leaders accountable. Recognizing the media’s unique ability to amplify the voices of marginalized communities, expose corruption, and shed light on issues shaping our collective future, Udekwe highlighted the responsibility journalists bear.
Governor Peter Mbah of Enugu state, represented by the Commissioner for Information and Communication, Aka Eze Aka, affirmed the state government’s unwavering support for the NUJ. He lauded Governor Mbah’s dedication to innovative governance and assured continued collaboration with the journalism community.
While praising Governor Mbah for fostering a positive relationship with the journalism community, Amu-Nnadi appealed for consistent alignment of government agents with his executive character in dealings with the press. He also sought the state government’s assistance in enhancing the press center and providing essential resources for the council.
Comrade Emmanuel Ifesinachi, the Vice President of Zone C of the union, commended NUJ Enugu State Council for upholding the principles and ethics of journalism. He urged the government to acknowledge and appreciate the media’s significant contributions to society, especially during the press week.
The event’s highlights included the presentation of awards to distinguished individuals, including Emmanuel Okoh, a Humanitarian, Hon. Dennis Nnamdi Agbo, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Purity Takoh, Hon. Chinedu Arthu-Ugwa Felix (JP), and Sani Friday Nnaji. The celebratory atmosphere was enhanced with captivating musical performances, adding vibrancy to the occasion.