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Gov. AbdulRazaq’s media aide, Rafiu Ajakaye warns against sensational reporting

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The  Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Kwara State, Mallam Rafiu Ajakaye has cautioned Nigerian Journalists against sensational reporting capable of dwindling the Nation’s image

Mallam Ajakaye gave this caution at this year’s Press Week Grand Finale organized by Nigerian Union of Journalists NUJ, Correspondent Chapel, in Ilorin, the State Capital

He urged journalists to desist from lebeling the Country as a failed state but imbibe developmental reportage instead of damaging the national branding of Nigeria

Mallam Ajakaye cited developed nations with odd incidents but deliberately under-reported by their media outlets to promote their images and reminded the pen pushers to be critical stakeholders of nation’s positive branding to the outside world

In his submission, Chairman of the occasion, an Ilorin-based foremost Industrialist and Chief Executive Officer, Kamwire Holdings, Mr Kamaru Ibitoye charged Nigerians to refrain from acts that could portray the Country in a bad light

Alhaji Ibitoye represented by Alhaji Abdulfatai Adeyemi, described Nigeria as a nation of talented citizens making the Country proud in their respective professional calling and tasked journalists to be determined in beaming searchlights on positivity of Nigeria to redeem its soiled image

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In his remark, Chairman Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Correspondent Chapel, Alhaji Abdul-Hakeem Garba of Channels Television, itemized challenges confronting journalists including non payment of salaries, spate of Journalists fighting for the right of others and run at a loss as most of rights to journalists are trampled upon by security agencies particularly the Police

Alhaji Garba bemoaned incessant journalists harassment with nebulous laws hindering effective delivery of media professionals and encouraged members of fourth estate of the realm as endangered species not to be deterred in discharging their constitutional and professional duties

The NUJ Correspondent Chapel Press Week was laced with investiture award to honour selected individuals including Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mallam Rafiu Ajakaye, Former Police Public Relations Officer, Kwara State Police Command, Retired DSP Ajayi Okasanmi and Chief Executive Officer, Kam Holding, Dr. Kamoru Yusuf among others

The event was attended by Kwara State Commissioner for Communications, Doctor Bolanle Olukoju, representative of Executive Chairperson, Kwara State Internally Generated Revenue,KWIRS, Mrs Folashade Omoniyi and Chairman, Kwara State Council of NUJ Comrade Abdul-lateef Ahmed

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