2023: Akinlade tasks journalists on fair, unbiased reportage

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The deputy governorship candidate of People’s Democratic Party, Ogun State, Abdulkabir Akinlade, has called on journalists either print or broadcast to be fair to all political parties and remain unbiased on their reportage as the nation inches towards the 2023 general elections.

He spoke at the opening ceremony of a three-day retreat organised by Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, Ogun State chapter on Thursday which held at Park Inn by Radisson, Kuto, Abeokuta as the Special Guest of Honour.

The topic of the retreat is:’Media equal access for political participation and reporting.’

Ogun NAWOJ chairperson making her opening remarks

Akinlade who promised to continue to accord journalists the respect and support they deserve, urged them to treat all political parties and candidates equally and ensure they have equal access to media reportage and exposure.

He added that their manifestos, candidates and campaigns should receive equal attention in the media.

    Members listening with rapt attention

He said, “The media is so strategic and politicians must get it right with the media. Again, I want to appeal that we are nearing electioneering campaign, journalists must ensure they are fair to all political parties.”

Akinlade who described the PDP  governorship in the state, Oladipupo Adebutu as a media-friendly person, added that if they are voted into power in 2023, they will continue to hold the media in high esteem and as partners in making the state great.

He said, “I want to assure you that the PDP governorship candidate and myself his deputy will continue work with the journalists in the state.

“We will always be available to attend to your enquiries.”

Speaking earlier, the Chairperson, Ogun State NAWOJ, Mrs Modupe Sobunkola, noted that ahead 2023 general elections, it became imperative for journalists to be security-conscious and operate with sense of fairness to all political parties.

She said the state NAWOJ brought no fewer than four resource persons to talk about journalists expected role in political reportage and landmines to avoid.

She said, “As journalists, we must give equal opportunity to all political parties irrespective of the number of their membership in our reportage.

“We need to give accurate report, and be unbiased in our reports. We must be able to also relate with government in power without compromising our role as journalists.”

The Chairman of the occasion, who is the Ogun State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Alhaji Abdulwaheed Odusile commended the state NAWOJ for organising such programme, stressing there is need for “such initiatives to recharge our battery as journalists.”

In doing this periodically, he noted that it would give the journalists opportunity to review their performance.

Odusile advised the women journalists to be agents of change they want to see in the society through their journalism and the country at large.

He said, “Look at your role in the society as journalists and as women and then carve the kind of image of the Nigeria you want.”

 

 

 

 

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