Alhaji Abdulhameed Yakubu-Kwarra, Commissioner for Information and Culture in Nasarawa State, has advised newsmen to uphold journalism ethics by filing only reports confirmed to be fair, balanced and credible.
Yakubu-Kwarra gave the advice on Wednesday in Lafia, when he received officials of Radio, Television, Theater and Art Workers Union (RATTAWU), on a courtesy visit.
“As reporters, it is not just enough to talk to one person; you mus talk to other people to balance your information before disseminating it,” he said.
He cautioned newsmen against quoting anonymous sources, saying that relying on such sources was usually “very dangerous”.
The commissioner also challenged journalists to strive to improve on their writing skills, and stressed the need for them to read other writers’ works.
Yakubu-Kwarra also called on managements of media outfits to improve on the welfare of reporters to reduce the tendency to compromise ethics “just to make ends meet”.
The commissioner commended the contributions of RATTAWU to effective information dissemination and the usage of jingles to unite communities in Nasarawa State, and promised to support its activities.
Earlier, Malam Ahmed Naibi, chairman of the Nasarawa State chapter of the union, had assured the commissioner of the body’s readiness to support and publicise the activities of the state government.
He said that the union was planning to organise a state cultural festival that would serve as a platform to reunite the different ethnic nationalities in the state.