….. Harps on Balanced Reportage and Servant Leadership
The Speaker of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey, has congratulated Comrade Amos Etuk, on his emergence as Chairman of Nigerian Union of Journalists, Akwa Ibom State. He described Amos Etuk as a thorough-bred journalist whose wealth of experience will no doubt be brought to the fore in the discharge of his duties as NUJ Chairman. Speaker Aniekan also praised members of the pen profession for the seamless manner they went about electing their new leaders urging the new helmsman to reciprocate this gesture by promoting the welfare of those who voted him.
Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey also advised Journalists in the State to ensure balanced reportage of happenings in the State to avoid overheating the polity. He charged the new leadership of NUJ to set machineries in place to guard against quacks and fight fake news which has become a recurring decimal and has dented the image of the noble profession. He counselled Journalists to ensure that interested parties in any news are heard before publication is carried to avoid unnecessary rancour and litigation.
Speaker Bassey asked the new leaders to see themselves as servant-leaders and their various offices as platform to render selfless service to the public and leave lasting legacies. He said leaders must always remember that they occupy and hold public office in trust for the people who voted them stating that for no reason should that trust and confidence be eroded.
The Uruan-born politician and Number 3 Citizen of the state appealed to those who could not make it to understand that God is the author, giver of power and authority and urged them to accept defeat in the interest of peace, progress and development of the profession.
He prayed God Almighty to grant the new leaders wisdom and guidance to lead the Union aright.
Office of the Honourable Speaker
Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly