By Adeyemi Raphael
The need for esteemed members of the fourth estate of the realm to maintain integrity and dignity in the discharge of their duties has been emphasized at the 2019 Press Week Seminar/One year anniversary of the NOA Chapel of NUJ, Kwara State Council.
Emphasizing this was Mr Oluseyi Dasilva, a senior correspondent with ‘Today’s Impact’, at the seminar organized in Ilorin, on Monday and declared opened by Com Umar Abdulwahab, the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Kwara State Council.
Mr Dasilva, who spoke on the “Impact of Social Media on the practice of Journalism noted that indeed, the world has become digital, and news reportage and reporter should leverage on the opportunities, but shun the disadvantages.
He bemoaned a situation where fake news and hate speeches are being promoted by charlatans parading themselves as journalists, as a result of selfishness and inducement.
The guest speaker therefore urged pen pushers to stay committed to the ideals of the profession and ensure adequate security measures are put in place, for online news platforms to prevent hacking.
Earlier, Com Umar Abdulwahab, the NUJ Chairman, accompanied by the Council Secretary, Deacon Omotayo Ayanda and Mallam Abubakar Owolabi, Ex officio commended NOA Chapel for the giant strides made in its one year of existence and urged members to work assiduously against hate speech and fake news which are capable of causing crisis in the society.
The Chairman noted that NUJ as a body is also interested and making efforts to create a platform for checking facts in Nigeria, as a measure of ridding the society of rumpus and yellow journalism.
Comrade Adegbayibi Ajibade the Chairman of the NOA Chapel commended the management of NOA Kwara and members of the Chapel for their support and commitment, without which seminars, workshops and other programmes would not have been successfully organised.
Com Adegbayibi, also called on journalists across the nation to commit more resources into investigative journalism and take the profession as a means of nation building.
In his own address, Mr Olusegun Adeyemi, NOA Kwara State Director who doubles as a member of the chapel said for the State Directorate to have its own chapel is a dream come true, and management will keep giving necessary support to ensure members are developed professionally.
The seminar afforded members of the chapel to interact and deliberate on germane issues concerning the profession.