A TWO-DAY media summit, organised by the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), South East Zone, held at Lyon De Gold Hotel, Enugu, has urged politicians and the electorate in the South East Zone to take advantage provided by Igbo indigenous media owners to disseminate useful information and promote unity of purpose in the zone.
The summit, in a communique, signed by Vice President, NUJ, Zone C, Emmanuel Ifesinachi, and the secretary, Ezenwa Adiuku, called for all inclusive sensitisation of stakeholders in the zone- professionals/politicians and indeed the electorate, on issues that will facilitate the speedy development of the zone, including the need to restore the values of honesty, respect for constituted authority, and the need for a violence free elections.
It urged the media industry in the zone to provide the electorate with the right information that they need to be able to elect credible and capable leaders in the zone, as well as ensure that such leaders are supported not castigated publicly, even as it condemned the negative reportage of the zone and some leaders from the zone, by some media houses and advised such media establishments to desist from such forthwith as the practice was undermining the development of the zone.
Urging the media in the zone to promote the need for stakeholders, including governors, legislators and others to work towards the formulation of a South East development agenda, as a development framework, as well as encourage south easterners to invest in the zone, in order to quicken the pace of development in the zone and make it more economically viable, the summit urged the media to ensure that all those in positions of authority in the zone are held accountable and periodically examined to ensure that their programmes are carried out to the letter.
It stressed the need for the Igbo socio- cultural organisation, Ohaneze Ndigbo, to speak with one voice, at all times, and the need for the people of the South East to respect their views on issues that affect the zone in the overall interest of the zone, even as it advised the media in the zone to present a united front through their programmes and contents to avoid disunity of purpose.
The summit, chaired by the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation, Awka, Sir Chuka Nnabuife, featured Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe as Keynote Speaker and Dr Maxwell Ngene as second day speaker. It commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for demonstrating its readiness to conduct the 2023 polls by steadily implementing the time table for the exercise and urged politicians and political parties, in the South East to play by the rules as campaigns for the polls commenced.
It also urged governors of all the South East States to work with relevant security agencies to guarantee peace and security in the zone in order to attract investors and create the much needed employment for the teeming youth and thanked the governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for providing the peaceful environment for the summit and Distinguished Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, for the seminal lecture.