The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Nasarawa state chapter has inaugurated a 5-man committee to review Gov. Abdullahi Sule’s media policy for conducts of journalists in the state.
Mr Dogo Shammah, Chairman of the union in the state made this known at the congress of the union held in Lafia on Thursday.
News Agency of the Nigeria (NAN) reports that the aim of of the committee is to look at the media policy recently adopted by Gov. Sule to set the tone for communication with the media.
Some aspects of the governors policy to regulate engagement with the media in the state said that government shall only provide access and information strictly to accredited journalists who present official letters from their organisations.
It said such person(s)’ track records should be seen to uphold the professional ethics and journalistic tenets of balanced reportage.
The policy by the governor was said to also streamline processes to enhance operations of strategic communication, media relations and press affairs in government house, Lafia.
Shammah said the essence of the review committee was to investigate the policy whether it conformed with the professional ethics of journalism and the practice of journalism.
He charged members of the committee to do a thorough review and come up with objective analysis of the policy that would be adopted by the NUJ in the state.
The NUJ chairman then gave the committee two weeks to come back with their report and listed the committee’s terms of reference to include: whether the document should be accepted by practicing journalists in the state.
“Whether it is not meant to cage the governor and be controlled by an individual or group of persons.
“Whether it is ethnically allowed for such stands to be taken.
“Whether it will not infringe on the provisions of the freedom of information bill.
“To provide recommendations that will enhance free access to acquire information from the governor and government organs.”
Speaking on behalf of the committee, Mr Matthew Kuju, its Chairman, expressed gratitude for the opportunity to serve the union and assured that the committee would do its best to review the policy without fear or favour.
“This task is better late than never. I thank God that the council has decided that we should step in and I assure you all we will do the needful,” he said.
NAN reports that members of the committee include: Kuju (Chairman), Mrs Veronica Ogbole, Mr Jerry Pellen, Mr Member Madaki and Mr Cheke Emmanuel (Secretary). (NAN)