Abeokuta - Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun on Monday called for proactive measures toward eradication of quackery and ethical misconduct in the media industry.
Amosun made the call in Abeokuta at the 2013 Press Week organised by the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Ogun council.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of the week is: "Stabilising Nigeria's Democracy: The Role of the Media and the Political Class."
The governor was represented by Yusuph Olaniyonu, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy.
He said that journalists were crucial to the national stability, good governance and promotion of democratic ideals.
Amosun advocated collaboration between leadership of NUJ, Nigeria Police and the State Security Service (SSS) in tracking down fake practitioners.
The governor decried the rising level of indiscipline in the society, saying that the ugly trend had permeated journalism profession with negative consequences for the country.
He stressed the need for media professionals to chart the cause of ethical re-orientation and check the menace of quackery.
"There are many fake practitioners in journalism today and such people should be checked.
"The NUJ must be proactive; the union should endeavour to pick up fake journalists, who are soiling this noble profession.
"I implore that there should be collaboration between NUJ, Police and SSS in tracking fake journalists.
"The penalty for offenders should be stiffer."
Earlier, the state NUJ chairman, Wole Shokunbi, said that media practitioners would continue to discharge their duties objectively without fear or favour.