Defence college ex-commandant tasks journalists on good governance, national security
Ondo NUJ chairman urges Akeredolu to create information department in councils
A former Commandant, National Defence College (NDC), Rear Admiral Samuel Alade (rtd), has tasked journalists to promote good governance, religious tolerance and understanding among the diverse elements of the state.
Alade said this, yesterday, while delivering a lecture in Akure at the ongoing Press Week of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Ondo State Council, with the theme, “A Nation at Crossroads: The Media amidst National Security and Economic Woes.”
He said the role of media is dissemination of factual information and preventing the spread of false information that would invariably enhance national security.
According to him, the strategic importance of the media in influencing the outcome of national affairs makes it an important tool for national security and development.
The former NDC boss urged the media to painstakingly consider national security implications in their reportage, hinging tremendously on 21st century technological innovations.
He urged the union to use its influence to teach, enlighten and pursue causes to serve humanity and never manipulate the feelings of the ignorant majority.
The state’s NUJ Chairman, Adetona Aderoboye, in his opening address, appealed to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to create information department in all local councils across the state.
He noted that if the department exists in the council system, it would accelerate information dissemination and management, among other benefits.