By Olusakin Babalola, Ibadan
Members of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) have been advised to be mindful of their dressing for public and official assignments in order to be accorded their deserved recognition.
They should also, at this critical period of politics, maintain a high professional standard because politicians are exceptionally difficult to deal with satisfactorily because of their selfish ambition of using anything to achieve their aim
This advice was given on Monday by the Senior Special Adviser to Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State on Media, Mr.Akin Oyedele while declaring open the Press week of the Correspondent Chapel of the State Chapter of NUJ on behalf of the state Governor.
The Senior Special Assistant who was accompanied by Deacon Wale Sadeek also also a Senior media adviser on electronic media, spoke emotionally on the shabby appearances of some news men at public assignments.
He pointed out that the cloth put on for official assignments needed not be very expensive but should be neat,corporate and presentable.
Oyedele who was a Correspondent of Punch Newspaper cited instances of rude behaviours of some overzealous people to him on assignments adding that when he politely spoke to such people without being violent,such people apologised for their misdeeds.
“How you dress to public functions will definitely show how you will be addressed.Please let us mind our dressings to be accorded our deserved recognition ,he advised.
Oyedele also reminded the journalists of the need to be objective,fair and accurate in their reportage of political activities stressing that some politicians could go to any extent in dealing ruthlessly with journalists who falsely reported them or their activities.
He apologised to the chairman of NUJ comrade Adewumi Faniran who complained that he was not deservedly recognized by the Master of Ceremony during the governor’s birthday ceremony recently.
The adviser called for the matured resolution of the conflict between members of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria in the state and the state Council stressing that appropriate agencies should be informed of such in future.
The Chairman of the press week committee,Comrade Oladele Ogunsola commended the Governor for the cordial relationship existing between the government and the Press in the state.
Ogunsola reminded the government through his advisers , that promises made for the Chapel were yet to be fulfilled many years after which they were made adding that the issues should be compassionately looked into.
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