As the general elections in Nigeria draw near, a professor of Traditional communication in the University of Uyo, Prof. Desmond Wilson has charged journalists in Akwa Ibom State to be socially responsible and patriotic in the discharge of their constitutional duties especially on issues of security and national development without violation of public peace.
The professor gave the charge at the University of Uyo Senior Staff Club in a dinner party organised by the Akwa Ibom State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Odiko Macdon.
Speaking further, the academic Icon expressed gratitude to the organisers of the assembly, which, according to him, the event has offered an avenue for interaction between the media and the police. He also encouraged a smoother relationship between the two important institutions in the nation.
Speaking on a representative capacity of the commissioner, the Deputy Commissioner of Police Akwa Ibom State Command, Mr. Gabriel Ashong, observed that the relationship between the press and police has been cordial and so merits sustainable efforts. The commissioner admonished journalists to reconcile their statutory role as informant to the society by writing reports that encourage national unity and not fake or political news just to sell their papers.
Also speaking, the Chairman, Nigerian Union of Journalists, Mr. Patrick Albert emphasised the need for members of the press to perform their lawful watchdog roles professionally while encouraging other security agencies to reciprocate the gesture of the Nigerian police in presenting such platforms for sustainable cordial relationship, one where both institutions engage in peaceful interaction, which, for him, can serve as panacea for effective delivery of constitutional roles.
By Akanimo Attang