Bayelsa State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Hon. Jonathan Oboebite, has called on the Nigerian Union of Journalist, NUJ, Bayelsa State council to intensify its war against quackery in the journalisms profession, saying government would give full support to the compendium of journalists aimed at weeding out fake journalists.
He stated this when the leadership of the NUJ paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Yenagoa recently.
According to him, without the journalists, government can’t function effectively and properly, but that it is disturbing to see all manner of persons thronging into public and private events in the guise of being journalists to harass people for gratification.
Concerning security of media outfits across the state, the commissioner revealed that the state government, through its partnership with the Nigerian Police Force has deployed police van that is stationed at the Niger Delta Television, NDTV, on daily basis.
He said efforts are still on to ensure that an enabling environment is created for media houses to operate in the state, saying that journalism is the mirror of society and that the restoration government is ready to do all within its power to ensure that journalists are protected.
“I am here to serve you because I am the number one media man in the state. And so I am here to help you in any situation you find yourself. Without journalists, government cannot function effectively and that is why we as government are ready to assist you in any way.
“But sometimes we get worried when we see all manner of people thronging into public and private events to harass people for financial gratification. And that is why I have decided to give full support to the compendium of practicing journalists in the state and I will ensure that compendium sees the light of the day.
Reacting to the flooding problem that is currently defacing the NUJ premises, Oboebite said that government is aware of the problem and would ensure that it swing into action to save the face of the NUJ premises in no distant time.
Earlier the chairman of the NUJ, Bayelsa State council, Comrade John Angese assured the state government and the general public of its commitment not to renege in its campaign to weed out quacks that are bent on bringing the noble profession into disrepute.
He called on the government to draw itself closer to the leadership of the NUJ as that is one way the government can cement its relationship with journalists in the state, while urging the government to fulfil its promise to give the NUJ premises a face lift.

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