The National President Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Comrade Chris Isuguzo has advocated for synergy between Journalists and Security Agencies in the country in order to ensure lasting security and national development.
Comrade Chris Isuguzo made this call recently during the opening ceremony of Press Week organized by Bauchi State Council of the NUJ held at Zaranda Hotel, Bauchi.
Isuguzo who was represented by his national deputy Alhaji Mukhtar Gidado explained that the theme of this year’s celebration which is “PRESS, INSECURITY AND NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT” is relevant particularly in this trying moment when the country is engulfed with disturbing security challenges of Boko Haram, Kidnappings, Farmers/Herders clashes and militancy in the Niger Delta.
“Journalists, the mass media and indeed the security machineries of government are partners in progress in ensuring security and National Development of any society and have always been protected in times of war and conflicts.”
“Therefore, the recent associated challenges that we are facing in our country are not insurmountable. We must practice our chosen profession according to its ethical standard as expected by the people” he advised.
The NUJ President lauded the Bauchi State Council for the initiative assuring that the national leadership would always support councils and chapels that are very proactive in initiating laudable programs.
Also speaking, the state NUJ Chairman, Comrade Ibrahim Mallam Goje explained that the NUJ Press Week is primarily celebrated to foster unity and understanding among members of the union, update the knowledge of journalists as well as afford them the opportunity to share ideas on current issues in an organized social forum.
According to him, aside the Press Week, the State Council had organized ministerial press briefings in collaboration with ministry of information, free eye consultations to members in collaboration with Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital, Ramadan dinners and series of trainings for members within the last two years.