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NUJ President Warns Journalists Against Adopting Unfair Methods

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President, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Mr Chris Isiguzo, has advised journalists in Rivers State to refrain from adopting unfair methods to tell their stories.
Isiguzo gave the advice during a one-day workshop on Digital Journalism And Fact-Checking in Port Harcourt, recently.
The workshop was organised by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) in collaboration with the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
Speaking on the topic: ‘Journalism Ethics in an Era of Global Information Disorder’ Isiguzo emphasised that every organisation has its own set of rules and regulations binding on its members that stipulate things that they should do and should not do.
He regretted that due to the prevailing situation In the country, there was a clear disorder in the system which seems to have thrown overboard the ethics of the journalism profession as a result of social media influencers.
Isiguzo stressed that journalists ordinarily are expected to dish out the truth to the people instead of joining the bandwagon, charging them to have respect for the truth and the rights of the public to the truth.
“If you are a journalist and everytime what you dish out does not represent the truth then you are not doing journalism. The proper responsibility of a journalist is that he/she must know the truth and you must dish out the truth. The people’s right is to know the truth as such truth should not be thrown overboard, but must be respected at all time and the rights of the public to the truth”, he said.
The NUJ boss, while explaining what fake news is, warned journalists to be mindful of what happens in their environment in the cause of discharging their responsibility, enjoining them to avoid misinformation, disinformation, malinformation and propaganda as these are capable of turning them against their environment.
He raised some concerns that often times journalists failed to abide by the rules of the profession.
According to him, “Journalists shall use only fair methods to obtain images, information, documents, data and he/she would always report his/her status as a journalist and will refrain from using hidden recordings of images and sounds except where it is impossible for he/her to collect information that is overwhelmingly in the public interest. You are not allowed to use unfair methods”.
He also warned journalists against using inciting words in their stories, saying when journalists ensure the dissemination of information opinion does not contribute to hatred or prejudice, the information you are turning out is not such that is going to pitch people tribes against each other, you don’t report along primordial consideration, religion , ethnicity tribal, partisanship, that is not what you should be doing as a journalist.
On his part, the Director General, Nigeria Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, listed some challenges facing the Nigeria journalists.
Kashifu, who was represented by the Head of Corporate Affairs of External Relations, Department, NITDA, Hajiya Hadiza Umar, stated that unregulated social media, fake news and toxic contents still top the list.
He noted that, “The digital era has also come with its challenges. One of which is the overbearing presence of of the social media. Of course, the unregulated social media is a free market place where everything goes including fake news, toxic content, hateful and inciting narratives. These are prevalent because there are no gatekeepers or regulators to direct.”
Rivers Holds 2023 Public Service Thanksgiving/Dedication Service Today
The Rivers State Government will today hold the 2023 edition of the Public Service Thanksgiving and dedication Service.
The service, with the theme, “A New Dawn”, is billed to hold by 9am in the State Ministry of Justice Conference hall, State Secretariat Complex, Port Harcourt.
A memo signed by Dr. Inyingi S. I. Brown, the Director, Service Welfare, for the Head of Services, states that the meeting is restricted to identied cadre of officers.
“I am further directed to add that the Thanksgiving and Dedication Service is restricted to Permanent Secretaries, Heads of Extra Ministerial Departments, General Managers of Government owned corporations, staff on the Directorate cadre, and Department Heads”, the memo stated.

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Youth President Launches N10m Grant For Obio/Akpor Women

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The leader of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area Simplified Movement, Ambassador Chijioke Ihunwo, has unveiled a N10 million grant aimed at empowering women in Ward 1 of Obio/Akpor LGA.
Making the announcement during the recently concluded Obio/Akpor Ward 1 town hall meeting, Ihunwo revealed that the grant will be distributed in amounts of N100,000 to 20 women per community, including non-indigenes.
He stated that the gesture is a token of appreciation for the women’s unwavering support for Governor Siminalayi Fubara.
Ihunwo emphasised the Governor’s commitment to ensuring that Ward 1, Obio/Akpor LGA, and Rivers State as a whole benefit from good governance.
Special Adviser on Power to the Governor, Hon. Solomon Abel Eke, highlighted the transparency and fairness that define the current leadership of the Obio/Akpor Simplified Movement, assuring that it operates without nepotism or impunity.
During the event, former leader of the Obio/Akpor Legislative Assembly, Hon. Achor Nna, criticised former Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Martin Amaewhule, who is also from Ward 1, for actions deemed uncharacteristic of true sons of Obio/Akpor LGA.
Also in attendance at the town hall meeting were Hon. Darlington Orji, Special Adviser on Political Affairs to the Governor of Rivers State, along with other prominent figures as well as other sons and daughters of Obio/Akpor.
They congratulated the new Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Victor Oko-Jumbo, and collectively reaffirmed their support for the Fubara-led administration, underscoring a shared commitment to the progress and development of Rivers State.

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RSG Approves N225bn For Trans-Kalabari Road Project

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The Rivers State Executive Council, on Wednesday, approved N225 billion for the construction of the Trans-Kalabari Road project.
The Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr Joseph Johnson, disclosed this while briefing newsmen after the State Executive Council meeting.
The meeting was presided over by Governor Siminalayi Fubara at the state Government House in Port Harcourt.
He said the project would be funded with savings from the state’s Internally Generated Revenue.
“We shall not borrow to fund the project. We are bent on generating money to fund our projects”, he said.
Johnson stated that the contractor had been mobilised with 30 per cent of the contract, worth to commence implementation.
The commissioner further said the project would be completed within a period of 32 months.
“This is the main Trans-Kalabari Road, the one that happened in the past was building of bridges.
“We are now doing a Trans-Kalabari Road that will run from NSS Pathfinder, immediately after Mgbuodohia community and extend to about 2km to the Aker Base Road in Rumuolumeni”, he said.
He also said the road would pass through the swamps behind the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, moving southwards towards the first bridge crossing.
“It will continue through a series of bridges, connecting many communities up to Tombia Town.
“The road will traverse very difficult terrains of swamp across rivers and creeks upon which series of bridges, decking and piling works will be done”, he said.
The Commissioner further said the state recently recorded some giant strides in the sporting sector.
Also briefing, the Acting Director-General, Rivers State Bureau of Public Procurement, Dr Ine Briggs, explained that the bureau diligently managed the proceedings leading to the award of the Trans-Kalabari road contract.
Briggs said the submissions of the state Ministry of Works were reviewed and all the supporting documents examined by the Ministry.
“Having fulfilled all the necessary procurement procedures and guidelines as prescribed by the Rivers State Public Procurement Law 2008 as amended, the Bureau is satisfied that all the elements leading to this award is sufficient to issue a certificate of no objection.
“Therefore, in consideration of all the relevant documents submitted by the Ministry of Works pursuant to the construction of Trans-Kalabari Road and bridges, the Bureau has issued the certificate of no objection, and that the contract be awarded to Lubrick Construction Company Limited”, Briggs said.

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Ongoing Elele-Omoku Road Awarded At N80bn – RSG

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The Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr Joseph Johnson, has said the ongoing dualisation of the Elele/Umudioga/ Egbeda/Ikiri/Omoku Road was awarded at N80 billion.
Johnson disclosed this in Port Harcourt yesterday while speaking to newsmen on the achievements of the Governor Siminalaye Fubara-led administration after one year in office.
He said the road, which cuts across three Local Government Areas, would facilitate easy movement of people and goods, saying “it will boost cross-community commerce.
“The farming communities along this area will find it easy to move their produce to markets in neighbouring towns.
“This project is a deliberate effort to make movement easy for our people, it’s no politics but service delivery”.
The Commissioner said the State Government had already paid 50 per cent of the contract value amounting to N40 billion.
“We are not paying lip service to governance, we mean business. We want Rivers people to see something new.
“We have devised ways of generating money to fund our projects, we are not indulging in any borrowing festival”, he said.
Analysts say the state capital will be decongested if the government successfully implements the line up of road projects in the state.

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