Rector, Federal Polytechnic Bida, Niger State, Dr Abubakar Dzukogi, has advised Nigerian Journalists to uphold credibility in reporting events and people.
Dzukogi made the call while receiving a delegation of journalists based in Bida who were in his office to congratulate him on his appointment as the rector of the institution.
“As a reporter going out to cover stories, it is not just enough to talk to one person; you have to talk to other people to enable you get a balanced and fair reportage”, Dzukogi opined.
“Again the quality control, journalists in the field should be made to know that they shouldn’t go out with half-baked stories.
“I see damaged advert of some politicians in front page in the newspapers and some electronic media stations during electioneering campaigns which is totally against journalism profession, this is totally against the ethics of the journalism profession’, he added.
“We were told as a student of journalism that you don’t do anonymous stories but if you do anonymous stories, you have to make sure you have people who confirm it,” she said.
According to him, a lot of stories published in Nigerian papers are not balanced and credible.
The Rector, a veteran journalist who was one time Head of Department, Mass Communication of the institution urged Nigerian journalists to make effort to improve on their writing skills, stressing the need for journalists to read other writers locally and international.
Dzukogi also called on media out fits in the country to intensify efforts in setting standard agenda role for their effective functioning and to as well embrace ethics of the profession to sustain public confidence.
He however advised students to face their studies with all seriousness and to shun cultism, drug abuse, incidence dressing, exam malpractices and all forms of anti social vices.
“This is the only way you can be empowered to take up their future leadership roles in the country as well as becoming self reliant”.
“Without this, the future of Nigeria which is in your hands is in jeopardy and the nation cannot afford this”, he advised.
Speaking earlier, the leader of the delegation, Mohammed Baba Busu, of NAN said the visit was to felicitate with the new rector on his appointment as the first social lecturer to be elevated as no one citizen of polytechnic institution.
Baba Busu prayed God to give him the wisdom, courage, sound health and ability to pilot the affairs of the institution to maintain the Bida Poly standard.