Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –From Michael J. EKOKORUWE:

THE executive chairman of Isoko North local government area of Delta State, Hon. Deacon Christian Iteire has commended Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor of Delta State for flood alert sensitization.

Iteire said this when members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Isoko Chapel paid him a courtesy visit at the council secretariat, Isoko North local government area last Friday .

Iteire, who assured members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Isoko Chapel of partnership towards effective reportage of the council programmes and activities, lauded members of the Isoko chapel for floating a monthly newspaper ;‘The Isoko Nation’.

The council boss, while commending Governor Okowa for the timely information on flood alert, noted that, the local government will ensure those living along river banks and flood prone communities are informed to move upland and will prepare for rescue operation when the flood eventually becomes devastating.

He reiterated that measures to curtail the flood as directed by governor Okowa will commence immediately, stressing that landlords and individuals will be informed to clear drainages for easy flow of water and may also open camps for flood victims if necessary.

The council boss commended the Isoko chapel for emerging the best chapel out of the 16 chapels in Delta State in the past , noting that with five years of publishing, the Isoko Nation newspaper should become a daily newspaper in the area and urged journalists to balance reports before publication.

Deacon Iteire condemned the unethical attitude of quacks that infiltrate the Nigeria Union of Journalists to report unverified stories which according to him is not good as watchdogs of the society. He urged the NUJ to quickly identify such quacks in the social media as jungle journalists and keep away from them.

He said, “The council will partner with the NUJ to ensure that the people are timely informed of government programmes and policies”, noting that his government will be an all inclusive government that will impact the people with dividends of democracy that will be remembered.

Iteire further stated that, “to get good news, journalist must move around and we will continue to partner with members of Isoko NUJ to always inform the people about government activities”. He enumerated some of his achievements to include hosting the children during the ‘Children Day’ celebration on May 27th 2021 and Isoko North mini trade fair.

Others are the opening of drainages across the local government area, provision of tables in the council offices for staff and review of ad-hoc security staff salaries in the local government area.

Earlier, the chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists Isoko chapel, Comrade Emmanuel Ekebe commended the council chairman for the visit, and stated that Isoko chapel now 11 years old was inaugurated on the 28th of October 2010, just as the 16 accredited members of the chapel report for various media across Delta State and Nigeria both in print and electronics.

He maintained that in 2017, the Isoko chapel was voted as the best chapel in Delta State in the presence of three state governors having satisfied various ethical standard of journalism and ‘Award’ was received. Comrade Ekebe added that Isoko chapel is the only NUJ chapel to have floated a monthly newspaper that has been running for the past five years.

He noted that as watchdog of the society, the media holds the three tiers of government accountable to ensure safe and better society.

The chairman appealed for cooperation and synergy between NUJ and the local government council.

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