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Gov. Lalong urges media support for Plateau peace efforts

10 June 2015, 08:56

Jos - Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau has called on the media to partner his administration in its efforts at rebuilding peace in Plateau.

Lalong made the call while declaring open a Media Training Workshop on Conflict/ Sensitive Reporting organised by the Institute of Good Governance and Social Research (IGSR) in Jos on Tuesday.

Represented by Deputy Governor Sonni Tyoden, Lalong said his administration stood for change and good governance.

"The administration’s slogan is change, we intend to change our attitude to governance, our attitude to the people and how we handle reporters and journalists," he said.

Speaking in his personal capacity, the deputy governor said the administration was open to the media as stakeholders in governance.

"We will maintain an open door with the media; we are, however, craving for constructive criticism as a rescue team and journalists constitutes one of our critical sectors," he said.

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Dr Tom Adaba, Chairman of Trim Communications in Abuja, in a keynote address, said the journalist must be a trouble shooter for potential conflict in order to avert it.

He spoke on the Objective and Sensitive Reportage of Conflict: The Responsibility of The Journalist.

According to him, the journalist must also be a peace maker by his disposition and presentation, a peace builder by his unbiased reportage of crises and an opinion leader by the measure of responsible, fair and objective information he serves his audience.

"If he is sensitive, he will be unbiased, empathetic and sensitive; he will be respected as a leader.

"Today, the journalist worth his calling has no choice but to promote peace, advocate peace, and act peace.

"It is only in an environment devoid of crises that he can effectively perform his duties and help to develop society."



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