ARMED Forces of Nigeria and the press have resolved to always be conscious of national security and national interest in the totality of their information management. The parties also resolved that there should be no mutual suspicion between the military and the press. These were part of the resolutions reached during a one-day annual defence correspondents seminar at the Defence Headquarters, Abuja, yesterday. The seminar also agreed that the armed forces would release timely and accurate information to the press for onward dissemination to the public, and that there would be regular dialogue between the press and the military, even as it was resolved that the press should endeavour to clear grey points from the appropriate defence information source before publishing while the defence information sources should make themselves readily and easily accessible to defence correspondents. The communiqué was signed by the director, Defence Information, MajGen John Enenche, on behalf of the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin. During the seminar, the guest speaker, Dr. Igomu Onoja, who spoke on ‘Information Management and National Security: Challenges and Prospect,’ noted that both the media and the military needed each other in the discharge of their constitutional duties. Dr. Onoja admitted that though both professions might have some conflicts in the course of their work, it was imperative that they strike an understanding, as he advised the military authorities to some extent provide adequate information for the media.

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