Chief of Staff (CoS) to the governor of Oyo State, Dr. Gbade Ojo on Thursday counseled journalists on the importance of ethical practice to avoid clashes with the security agents and other arms of government. The CoS gave this counsel while receiving the protesting members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo State Council on behalf of the state governor, Sen. Abiola Ajimobi at the Agodi, Secretariat office of the governor, Ibadan. Comrade Adewumi Faniran, the Chairman of the Oyo NUJ led the journalists on protest to both the Oyo State Police Command Headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan and the Office of the Governor in observance of the national protest NUJ declared by the national body of the union. Immediately the policemen at the main entrance of the Eleyele Headquarters of the Oyo State Police Command sighted the convoy of the vehicles conveying the placard-carrying journalists, they hurriedly locked the gate to prevent the protesting journalists from gaining access into the command headquarters. The reverse was, however, the case at the Governor’s Office where the gates were flown open to the protesting journalists after a few minutes of singing solidarity songs at the gate and were met on the way by the CoS supported by the Special Adviser on Media and Strategy, Mr. Bolaji Tunji and other government officials. National Secretariat of the NUJ had declared the day a day of national protest by the members of the Fourth Estate of the realm against harassment, impunity and lack of proper care for journalists in the country, citing the illegal detention of some journalists and their poor welfare conditions as a reference point. While receiving the letter of protest from the Oyo NUJ Chairman for onward transmission to the President of the country, the CoS asked the NUJ to organize periodic workshops and seminars for its members in order to always keep them in tune with the ethics of the profession. Ojo commended the peaceful nature of the protest, which he described as the provocation of the consciousness of the powers that be on the importance of journalists to the society and the need to treat them well, stressing that there can’t be democracy without freedom of the press. He maintained that no election can be adjudged to be free and fair without adequate information, saying, “without journalists, it would be difficult for the electorate to make an informed choice of who to vote for or otherwise “. The CoS promised that the state government would continue to protect the interest of journalists in the state just as he urged the pen pushers to reciprocate the gesture by ensuring that they work within the armpit of the law. At the Oyo State Police Command Headquarters main entrance, where the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Operations, Mr. Sanusi Buba on behalf of the State Commissioner of Police (CP) later attended to the protesting journalists, he urged that the NUJ members must at all times be conscious of the fact of limitations to every form of freedom guaranteed by the law. According to the DCP, who was accompanied by other top officers of the Command, “the journalists must be aware that the freedom of an individual ends where another person’s freedom begins and it is when we all realize this that friction between various organs and bodies will cease”. The DCP assured the NUJ members of the understanding and cooperation of the personnel of the Command with them as they go about their constitutional duties, asking them to equally reciprocate the gesture by being law-abiding. During the Oyo NUJ protest to both the Police Command and the Governor’s Office, Comrade Faniran delivered the message of the President of the union, Comrade Waheed Odusile asking for an end to harassment and intimidation of journalists. Comrade Faniran disclosed that the national body of the union was piqued by the illegal detention of journalists as well as other forms of harassment its members suffer in the hands of security agents in the country

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By Joe Oladele

Chief of Staff (CoS) to the governor of Oyo State, Dr. Gbade Ojo on Thursday counseled journalists on the importance of ethical practice to avoid clashes with the security agents and other arms of government.

 

The CoS gave this counsel while receiving the protesting members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo State Council on behalf of the state governor, Sen. Abiola Ajimobi at the Agodi, Secretariat office of the governor, Ibadan.

 

Comrade Adewumi Faniran, the Chairman of the Oyo NUJ led the journalists on protest to both the Oyo State Police Command Headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan and the Office of the Governor in observance of the national protest NUJ declared by the national body of the union.

 

Immediately the policemen at the main entrance of the Eleyele Headquarters of the Oyo State Police Command sighted the convoy of the vehicles conveying the placard-carrying journalists, they hurriedly locked the gate to prevent the protesting journalists from gaining access into the command headquarters.

 

The reverse was, however, the case at the Governor’s Office where the gates were flown open to the protesting journalists after a few minutes of singing solidarity songs at the gate and were met on the way by the CoS supported by the Special Adviser on Media and Strategy, Mr. Bolaji Tunji and other government officials.

 

National Secretariat of the NUJ had declared the day a day of national protest by the members of the Fourth Estate of the realm against harassment, impunity and lack of proper care for journalists in the country, citing the illegal detention of some journalists and their poor welfare conditions as a reference point.

 

While receiving the letter of protest from the Oyo NUJ Chairman for onward transmission to the President of the country, the CoS asked the NUJ to organize periodic workshops and seminars for its members in order to always keep them in tune with the ethics of the profession.

 

Ojo commended the peaceful nature of the protest, which he described as the provocation of the consciousness of the powers that be on the importance of journalists to the society and the need to treat them well, stressing that there can’t be democracy without freedom of the press.

 

He maintained that no election can be adjudged to be free and fair without adequate information, saying, “without journalists, it would be difficult for the electorate to make an informed choice of who to vote for or otherwise “.

 

The CoS promised that the state government would continue to protect the interest of journalists in the state just as he urged the pen pushers to reciprocate the gesture by ensuring that they work within the armpit of the law.

 

At the Oyo State Police Command Headquarters main entrance, where the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Operations, Mr. Sanusi Buba on behalf of the State Commissioner of Police (CP) later attended to the protesting journalists, he urged that the NUJ members must at all times be conscious of the fact of limitations to every form of freedom guaranteed by the law.

 

According to the DCP, who was accompanied by other top officers of the Command, “the journalists must be aware that the freedom of an individual ends where another person’s freedom begins and it is when we all realize this that friction between various organs and bodies will cease”.

 

The DCP assured the NUJ members of the understanding and cooperation of the personnel of the Command with them as they go about their constitutional duties, asking them to equally reciprocate the gesture by being law-abiding.

 

During the Oyo NUJ protest to both the Police Command and the Governor’s Office, Comrade Faniran delivered the message of the President of the union, Comrade Waheed Odusile asking for an end to harassment and intimidation of journalists.

 

Comrade Faniran disclosed that the national body of the union was piqued by the illegal detention of journalists as well as other forms of harassment its members suffer in the hands of security agents in the country.

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