MINISTER of Water Resources, Mrs. Sarah Reng Ochekpe, has urged Nigerian journalists to shun jaundiced, sensational and inflammatory reports and promote issues that unite the country.
Ochekpe gave the charge at the weekend when she commissioned a cyber café at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Press Centre, Jos, in Plateau State.
She said Plateau had been in the news for a long period and expressed worry that some of the information being passed to the public portrayed the state in a bad light.
The minister said journalists should continue to report accurately to ensure that the state was well projected so that the issues emanating from Plateau are well represented and presented in the media.
“I want to use this opportunity to solicit support of the media concerning issues in Nigeria. Again, I want to urge journalists on the Plateau not to join hands with people who would want to heat up the polity from time to time. Nigeria is the only country that we have and we have the responsibility as citizens both for those in leadership and those who are being led to work together to ensure that Nigeria remains as one country”.
The state NUJ Chairman, Mr. Katdapba Gobum, said the minister had kept close contacts with her people. “What you (minister) have done to NUJ cannot be quantified. We will like to put on records that we need sons and daughters of Plateau State to help NUJ just as she has done”, he said.
The Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr. Yiljap Abraham, described the minister as a woman with focus, vision and mission for the people of the state and the country.
Abraham said: “We are very glad that the minister has proved herself as a worthy daughter of Plateau State, as a friend of journalists all over the country and as a worthy partner in the development of Plateau State. The Plateau State government is really pleased with her as one who will join hands with the government to promote the development of the state”.