A deal that will see to the success of a journalism retreat hosted by the Federated Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Akwa Ibom Council has been entered into by the leadership of the Chapel and the Akwa Ibom Ministry of Information and Strategy.
The Federated Chapel struck the partnership deal with the ministry, Monday, when the Chapel’s leadership paid a courtesy visit on the commissioner, Comrade Ini Ememobong, in Uyo.
The chairman of the Federated Chapel, Comrade Nsibiet John,said it was pertinent for a symbiotic relationship to exist between the chapel and the ministry, recommending that the relationship could be oiled through support on training and retraining of members for effective service delivery in the journalism practice.
John, who informed the commissioner of the Chapel’s retreat scheduled for April 27, 2022, called on the leadership of the ministry to go beyond supporting the retreat to extending to the Chapel international training opportunities available for the ministry’s staff.
Ememobong appreciated members of the Federated Chapel for the visit and expressed the ministry’s determination to partner the Chapel in its upcoming retreat and future training opportunities.
The commissioner, who charged the journalists on responsible and patriotic press, said it was the desire of the ministry that while having an active media that would draw government attention, alternatives must be offered.
He added, “Our rule of engagement has nothing to do with confrontation. We operate on corporate friendliness. It is consultation and consolidation. On our part, we desire to see a cooperative, responsible and patriotic press.
“When we are criticising, we should not criticise to destroy the government but build our society by offering alternatives. Government can’t be the only focus of the media. Individual rights are there. It is time to define our reason for criticism.That’s how society can grow”.