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TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: AN ALARM TO SANITISE AKWA IBOM STATE NUJ

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By Edikan Ekanem

It is arcane that words would rather be otiose in expressing how depressing, disheartening and pathetic the practice of journalism in Akwa Ibom state has been projected to the entire world by some journalists practising in Akwa Ibom state.


The plethora of “unbalanced and biased” stories of Federal High Court Judgement sitting in Uyo in respect to a Fundamental Right suit filed by a Medical Doctor against the speaker of Akwa Ibom state house of Assembly made by some practising journalists in the state has permeated and gone viral on social media platforms.


Having read a good number of them, there are call for complains. I am not a journalist neither i am communication related expert, but having attended a good number of seminars in journalism and writing as passionate writer, i have to ventilate my grievances and grouse.


 It is elementary that journalists are vessels that promote unity and peace in a state, investigating issues, giving factual, accurate, fair and balanced reports to earn public trust and confidence by separating facts from conjecture. Journalists are also expected to refrain from using offensive, abusive and vulgar language.


The reports released today using phrases like “Facebook fame-seeking lawyer”, “taking time to lecture the plaintiff’s counsel” with due respect is highly unethical and insulting to both the legal profession and journalism. No journalist is allowed to call his fellow or another professional such a sarcastic name.  


 It is also a settled truth that a journalist should refrain from making a pejorative reference to person’s ethnic group, religion, sex and political party. Regarding copyright, no journalist is allowed to reproduce or rebroadcast a write up, art work or design without proper acknowledgment.


In the instant case, reports that are flying on the air do not even carry the name of the story writer. It is time journalists in Akwa Ibom state start to decipher when they are serving in an official capacity against their own personal capacity, they should stop misleading the public.


From the above observations, it can be deduced that a journalist should be an unbiased umpire, a person whose work is not embedded on societal, ethnical and political influences, but a person who unites the people by his words and deeds.


 But are the above ethical standards still obtainable in the present day Akwa Ibom state media industry and publicity? It is sad to say that some journalists on social media are exhibiting some uncouth, clueless, unprofessional and unethical practices.


How could a certified journalist be carried away by political sentiments? In his personal capacity, he has the right to be politically active but should his services as a journalist and reporter be embedded on his own political idiosyncrasies or on professional standard? They should stop spoiling journalism for us please.


 The professional decadence in Journalism in Akwa Ibom state is alarming and even shocking to the devil. Story writing, reporting and broadcast has become instrument of discrimination and hatred. These things are so obvious that one need not be a journalist to observe the decline in the quality of service.


Some journalists have even allowed selfish and lustful interests to rule them at the detriment of the profession. Some have allowed sycophancy, political interests and ethnic differences to influence their quality of service making them biased.


Worst still, some have allowed the unethical and unprofessional practices of some bloggers to influence, jettison and water down the esteemed practice directions that were instilled in them during their university days and subsequent NUJ conferences and workshops.


Journalism cannot be used as an instrument of lampooning potentates and political opponents , instrument of blackmail for self-enrichment, attacks on personalities at the detriment of the profession,  Journalists should no longer be used as appetizers, stylus or sword against or misleading the public.


If we don’t wake up to fight these nemeses now in this noble profession, it will back fight us in the future. If we don’t train our young and potentials journalists to expand their horizon of practice positively to social media, they will destroy the media industry for us.


Lest we forget, there should be distinction between a trained and certified journalist among self-claimed journalists, bloggers, mere writers like me and publicist that do not know the tenets and ethics of journalism.


In the midst of the above personalities, it is not our paper qualification that will speak for us as trained and certified journalists; it is our ingenuity and competence that will sanctify our credibility as renowned journalists.


With this piece, i humbly appeal to the amiable state NUJ chairman, Elder Patrick Albert to   use his good office and power in helping us curb these irregularities in media and publicity.


 Akwa Ibom state political leaders should not spoil this noble profession for aspiring and potential journalists. Government come and go but professionalism is static. It is time to correct these menaces in journalism.


I am a journalist but an ardent lover of journalism. Together we can change the tide. I stand to be corrected.


Long live journalism
Long live media and publicity
Long live NUJ, Akwa Ibom Chapter


 
Please share and tag any journalist you know.


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Amaechi Vows To Release Names Of Those Sabotaging Security

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Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has said that cabals are frustrating the recently approved $198m maritime security contract.

Amaechi vowed to publicly mention names of saboteurs while speaking at a Maritime Stakeholders’ Interactive Forum held in Warri, Delta State on Thursday.

He said “Reason, why vessels will not come to the Eastern ports, is because there is war insurance due to insecurity in the ports here.

“The war insurance means if the goods cost N10,000 in Lagos, it will cost N20,000 here because there is an extra cost on it due to Insecurity issues. Even as a minister, I can’t enter a boat ride from Warri to Port Harcourt due to insecurity issues, but I can move around Lagos at any time of the day.

“I once asked a former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, why people from Anambra don’t import from Port Harcourt port, and he said it cost less to import from Lagos and move to Onitsha even with the price they pay on the road. It is cheaper to import from Lagos to Aba, yet Aba to Port Harcourt is a 30-minute drive.

“For shipowners, you need to do a petition to Mr President. The President approved a contract of $195m for maritime security, but there are people in the system sabotaging the contract because it will restore security in the water. I won’t say who they are until it gets out of control. We are still battling for the contract to take place, but if it gets out of place, we will name them publicly, including the security people involved.

“There are people who make billions of Dollars from the insecurity on the water, so they don’t want security on the water because if we secure the water, all their rubbish will go.

“There are businesses which provide the vessel for oil companies in the name of providing security. The moment we secure the water, they are out of jobs?

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Prison Officer Brutalizes Son, Injures Him For Playing Football (Graphic)

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According to a photographer who shared photos of a teenage boy brutalized by his father, almost went into coma after he sustained a deep injury on his head, just for playing football.

The Nigerian Prisons staff beats his son from 7:00pm till 2:30 am, says report.

See what the photographer/Instagram user wrote..

This happened at Oluwatedo area of Ibadan, Mr Adepoju Biodun is married with three kids,he works with Nigerian prison service Agodi,ibadan.his eldest child is Israel, On 16th February 2018 Israel went to play football and after the football his father beat him from 7:00pm till 2:30am in the early hours of Saturday till he sustained a deep cut on his head with blood everywhere in the house.his the appropriate way to correct or chastise our child. This is beyond chastisement. Israel was beaten to coma before he was later rushed to Don Bosco specialist hospital Ogungbade. I will soon upload the surface area of the deep cut as soon as they open it.his siblings also tolu and praise served severe punishment, they were relieved as soon as Israel was rushed to the hospital. Please share until the appropriate authorities sees this especially Nigerian prisons, UNICEF. #UNICEF #law #crazyfather #ibadan #opayemioludayo
#tolanialli #bayoomoboriowo #michaelomoboriowophotography #ajimobi #florenceajimobi #lawyer #nigerianprison #nigerianprison #freshfm #splashfm #inspirationfm

Beating for your son for playing football? My God.

Someone please remind him how much Neymar is worth per week!!! Kaii

There is another angle to look at this… No father in his right mind would do this to his own son!!! This is a clear case MENTAL ILLNESS/TRUMA probably due to the nature of his work. I am not a psychologist but I know in that in Nigeria  we lack the culture of looking out for the signs of mental fatigue amongst our workers in all sector. Military /Paramilitary have no proper way of been evaluated for any form of work trauma. This man could be having or experiencing trauma as the result of the nature of his job. May God help him and his family.

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UYO STATE LAWMAKER RESCUES PUPILS AGAIN …DONATES DESKS TO SCHOOL

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The member representing Uyo State Constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Monday Eyo Okon, on Friday, donated 120 desks to the pupils of Government Primary School, Aka Offot, Uyo Local Government Area.

Hon. Monday Eyo who described Education as a bedrock of any society, and for any society to make progress, stated that when the foundation that is the primary level of education is well laid, motivated and properly activated, the child who is at the centre of learning is well prepared, informed and sharpened for the future both mentally and physically.

Headmaster of the School, Mr. Simon Edet Eyo, alongside the Village Head of Aka 1, Eteidung Francis, Hon. Kufre Mendi, while receiving the Lawmaker, commended him for his kind gesture and rapid response to the plight of the pupils within the short notice of time.

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PDP RESPONSIBLE FOR FUEL HIKE- Don Etiebet …BLAMES OBJ,JONATHAN FOR OIL SPILLS IN NIGER DELTA

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Former Petroleum Minister Chief Don Etiebet says the current fuel crisis in Nigeria is caused by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.

Speaking in an interview in Uyo, Chief Etiebet the APC leader in Akwa Ibom explained that the petroleum distribution in Nigeria is controlled by PDP members who are causing the fuel hike to project President Muhammadu Buhari as a failure.

Buhari is the substantive Ministet of Petroleum in Nigeria.

“Who are still controlling the petroleum distribution in Nigeria; it is still the original PDP marketers.”

He attributed the fuel hike to the impending elections in the country, saying it is an attempt by the PDP marketers to discredit APC.

 “Election time is coming and they are doing all kinds of thing for petrol not to be available, and what do they want? They want increase I petrol price so that they can use that against APC”

Etiebet, who was minister of petroleum under Gen. Sani Abacha attributed all oil spill in the South-South Zone to illegal bunkering.

He said illegal bunkering in Nigeria where sponsored by the previous Government OF Chief Olusegu Obasanjo and Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

“Many Government in the past even up to the last Government have been supporting illegal bunkering; please quote me, I am the former minister for petroleum and I know the details”

On the proposed reintroduction of onshore/offshore oil dichotomy by the APC restructuring Committee, Dr. Etiebet said there was nothing wrong with the committee report.

“ I believe what the committee meant maybe oil discovered or produced outside that isoba boundary.”

He assured that president buhari has done well for Akwa Ibom with the development programme been seen in all part  Akwa Ibom state and urged Akwa Ibom people to rally round him for the re-election of President Buhari in 2019

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The NANS JCC Chairman Comrade. Ekanem Utibe seeks for partnership with wema bank

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****Pleads with Bank to erect an Atm machine at heritage polytechnic and other tertiary institution in state
Akwa Ibom State NANS JCC Chairman Comrade Ekanem Utibe, accompanied by the Secretary General Comr. Akanimo Ifiokonon, Director of sports Comr. Akan Udom, P. R. O Comr.  Kokoette Udom and Enoima Monday Udosoh Monday, were today received by the Dir of Special Duty of WEMA BANK Mr Victor Akpan at Eket LGA branch who directed to the office of the branch service manager.
The chairman appealed to the bank management to assist the students community by erecting an Atm Machine at the campus for the benefit of Nigerian students and the bank. 
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TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: AN ALARM TO SANITISE AKWA IBOM STATE NUJ

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By Edikan Ekanem

It is arcane that words would rather be otiose in expressing how depressing, disheartening and pathetic the practice of journalism in Akwa Ibom state has been projected to the entire world by some journalists practising in Akwa Ibom state.


The plethora of “unbalanced and biased” stories of Federal High Court Judgement sitting in Uyo in respect to a Fundamental Right suit filed by a Medical Doctor against the speaker of Akwa Ibom state house of Assembly made by some practising journalists in the state has permeated and gone viral on social media platforms.


Having read a good number of them, there are call for complains. I am not a journalist neither i am communication related expert, but having attended a good number of seminars in journalism and writing as passionate writer, i have to ventilate my grievances and grouse.


 It is elementary that journalists are vessels that promote unity and peace in a state, investigating issues, giving factual, accurate, fair and balanced reports to earn public trust and confidence by separating facts from conjecture. Journalists are also expected to refrain from using offensive, abusive and vulgar language.


The reports released today using phrases like “Facebook fame-seeking lawyer”, “taking time to lecture the plaintiff’s counsel” with due respect is highly unethical and insulting to both the legal profession and journalism. No journalist is allowed to call his fellow or another professional such a sarcastic name.  


 It is also a settled truth that a journalist should refrain from making a pejorative reference to person’s ethnic group, religion, sex and political party. Regarding copyright, no journalist is allowed to reproduce or rebroadcast a write up, art work or design without proper acknowledgment.


In the instant case, reports that are flying on the air do not even carry the name of the story writer. It is time journalists in Akwa Ibom state start to decipher when they are serving in an official capacity against their own personal capacity, they should stop misleading the public.


From the above observations, it can be deduced that a journalist should be an unbiased umpire, a person whose work is not embedded on societal, ethnical and political influences, but a person who unites the people by his words and deeds.


 But are the above ethical standards still obtainable in the present day Akwa Ibom state media industry and publicity? It is sad to say that some journalists on social media are exhibiting some uncouth, clueless, unprofessional and unethical practices.


How could a certified journalist be carried away by political sentiments? In his personal capacity, he has the right to be politically active but should his services as a journalist and reporter be embedded on his own political idiosyncrasies or on professional standard? They should stop spoiling journalism for us please.


 The professional decadence in Journalism in Akwa Ibom state is alarming and even shocking to the devil. Story writing, reporting and broadcast has become instrument of discrimination and hatred. These things are so obvious that one need not be a journalist to observe the decline in the quality of service.


Some journalists have even allowed selfish and lustful interests to rule them at the detriment of the profession. Some have allowed sycophancy, political interests and ethnic differences to influence their quality of service making them biased.


Worst still, some have allowed the unethical and unprofessional practices of some bloggers to influence, jettison and water down the esteemed practice directions that were instilled in them during their university days and subsequent NUJ conferences and workshops.


Journalism cannot be used as an instrument of lampooning potentates and political opponents , instrument of blackmail for self-enrichment, attacks on personalities at the detriment of the profession,  Journalists should no longer be used as appetizers, stylus or sword against or misleading the public.


If we don’t wake up to fight these nemeses now in this noble profession, it will back fight us in the future. If we don’t train our young and potentials journalists to expand their horizon of practice positively to social media, they will destroy the media industry for us.


Lest we forget, there should be distinction between a trained and certified journalist among self-claimed journalists, bloggers, mere writers like me and publicist that do not know the tenets and ethics of journalism.


In the midst of the above personalities, it is not our paper qualification that will speak for us as trained and certified journalists; it is our ingenuity and competence that will sanctify our credibility as renowned journalists.


With this piece, i humbly appeal to the amiable state NUJ chairman, Elder Patrick Albert to   use his good office and power in helping us curb these irregularities in media and publicity.


 Akwa Ibom state political leaders should not spoil this noble profession for aspiring and potential journalists. Government come and go but professionalism is static. It is time to correct these menaces in journalism.


I am a journalist but an ardent lover of journalism. Together we can change the tide. I stand to be corrected.


Long live journalism
Long live media and publicity
Long live NUJ, Akwa Ibom Chapter


 
Please share and tag any journalist you know.


Singed:
Edikan Ekanem
A writer & Columnist.
[email protected]

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Amaechi Vows To Release Names Of Those Sabotaging Security

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Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has said that cabals are frustrating the recently approved $198m maritime security contract.

Amaechi vowed to publicly mention names of saboteurs while speaking at a Maritime Stakeholders’ Interactive Forum held in Warri, Delta State on Thursday.

He said “Reason, why vessels will not come to the Eastern ports, is because there is war insurance due to insecurity in the ports here.

“The war insurance means if the goods cost N10,000 in Lagos, it will cost N20,000 here because there is an extra cost on it due to Insecurity issues. Even as a minister, I can’t enter a boat ride from Warri to Port Harcourt due to insecurity issues, but I can move around Lagos at any time of the day.

“I once asked a former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, why people from Anambra don’t import from Port Harcourt port, and he said it cost less to import from Lagos and move to Onitsha even with the price they pay on the road. It is cheaper to import from Lagos to Aba, yet Aba to Port Harcourt is a 30-minute drive.

“For shipowners, you need to do a petition to Mr President. The President approved a contract of $195m for maritime security, but there are people in the system sabotaging the contract because it will restore security in the water. I won’t say who they are until it gets out of control. We are still battling for the contract to take place, but if it gets out of place, we will name them publicly, including the security people involved.

“There are people who make billions of Dollars from the insecurity on the water, so they don’t want security on the water because if we secure the water, all their rubbish will go.

“There are businesses which provide the vessel for oil companies in the name of providing security. The moment we secure the water, they are out of jobs?

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Prison Officer Brutalizes Son, Injures Him For Playing Football (Graphic)

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According to a photographer who shared photos of a teenage boy brutalized by his father, almost went into coma after he sustained a deep injury on his head, just for playing football.

The Nigerian Prisons staff beats his son from 7:00pm till 2:30 am, says report.

See what the photographer/Instagram user wrote..

This happened at Oluwatedo area of Ibadan, Mr Adepoju Biodun is married with three kids,he works with Nigerian prison service Agodi,ibadan.his eldest child is Israel, On 16th February 2018 Israel went to play football and after the football his father beat him from 7:00pm till 2:30am in the early hours of Saturday till he sustained a deep cut on his head with blood everywhere in the house.his the appropriate way to correct or chastise our child. This is beyond chastisement. Israel was beaten to coma before he was later rushed to Don Bosco specialist hospital Ogungbade. I will soon upload the surface area of the deep cut as soon as they open it.his siblings also tolu and praise served severe punishment, they were relieved as soon as Israel was rushed to the hospital. Please share until the appropriate authorities sees this especially Nigerian prisons, UNICEF. #UNICEF #law #crazyfather #ibadan #opayemioludayo
#tolanialli #bayoomoboriowo #michaelomoboriowophotography #ajimobi #florenceajimobi #lawyer #nigerianprison #nigerianprison #freshfm #splashfm #inspirationfm

Beating for your son for playing football? My God.

Someone please remind him how much Neymar is worth per week!!! Kaii

There is another angle to look at this… No father in his right mind would do this to his own son!!! This is a clear case MENTAL ILLNESS/TRUMA probably due to the nature of his work. I am not a psychologist but I know in that in Nigeria  we lack the culture of looking out for the signs of mental fatigue amongst our workers in all sector. Military /Paramilitary have no proper way of been evaluated for any form of work trauma. This man could be having or experiencing trauma as the result of the nature of his job. May God help him and his family.

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UYO STATE LAWMAKER RESCUES PUPILS AGAIN …DONATES DESKS TO SCHOOL

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The member representing Uyo State Constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Monday Eyo Okon, on Friday, donated 120 desks to the pupils of Government Primary School, Aka Offot, Uyo Local Government Area.

Hon. Monday Eyo who described Education as a bedrock of any society, and for any society to make progress, stated that when the foundation that is the primary level of education is well laid, motivated and properly activated, the child who is at the centre of learning is well prepared, informed and sharpened for the future both mentally and physically.

Headmaster of the School, Mr. Simon Edet Eyo, alongside the Village Head of Aka 1, Eteidung Francis, Hon. Kufre Mendi, while receiving the Lawmaker, commended him for his kind gesture and rapid response to the plight of the pupils within the short notice of time.

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PDP RESPONSIBLE FOR FUEL HIKE- Don Etiebet …BLAMES OBJ,JONATHAN FOR OIL SPILLS IN NIGER DELTA

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Former Petroleum Minister Chief Don Etiebet says the current fuel crisis in Nigeria is caused by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.

Speaking in an interview in Uyo, Chief Etiebet the APC leader in Akwa Ibom explained that the petroleum distribution in Nigeria is controlled by PDP members who are causing the fuel hike to project President Muhammadu Buhari as a failure.

Buhari is the substantive Ministet of Petroleum in Nigeria.

“Who are still controlling the petroleum distribution in Nigeria; it is still the original PDP marketers.”

He attributed the fuel hike to the impending elections in the country, saying it is an attempt by the PDP marketers to discredit APC.

 “Election time is coming and they are doing all kinds of thing for petrol not to be available, and what do they want? They want increase I petrol price so that they can use that against APC”

Etiebet, who was minister of petroleum under Gen. Sani Abacha attributed all oil spill in the South-South Zone to illegal bunkering.

He said illegal bunkering in Nigeria where sponsored by the previous Government OF Chief Olusegu Obasanjo and Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

“Many Government in the past even up to the last Government have been supporting illegal bunkering; please quote me, I am the former minister for petroleum and I know the details”

On the proposed reintroduction of onshore/offshore oil dichotomy by the APC restructuring Committee, Dr. Etiebet said there was nothing wrong with the committee report.

“ I believe what the committee meant maybe oil discovered or produced outside that isoba boundary.”

He assured that president buhari has done well for Akwa Ibom with the development programme been seen in all part  Akwa Ibom state and urged Akwa Ibom people to rally round him for the re-election of President Buhari in 2019

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The NANS JCC Chairman Comrade. Ekanem Utibe seeks for partnership with wema bank

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****Pleads with Bank to erect an Atm machine at heritage polytechnic and other tertiary institution in state
Akwa Ibom State NANS JCC Chairman Comrade Ekanem Utibe, accompanied by the Secretary General Comr. Akanimo Ifiokonon, Director of sports Comr. Akan Udom, P. R. O Comr.  Kokoette Udom and Enoima Monday Udosoh Monday, were today received by the Dir of Special Duty of WEMA BANK Mr Victor Akpan at Eket LGA branch who directed to the office of the branch service manager.
The chairman appealed to the bank management to assist the students community by erecting an Atm Machine at the campus for the benefit of Nigerian students and the bank. 
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