Nigerian journalists have been urged to operate within the bounds of the law as their productivity is a reflection of the environment. Anything less would culminate to poor professional standard which has prompted the emergence of sharp practices in the profession.
The Cross River State governor, Sen. Liyel Imoke stated this in his remarks while declaring open a two-day stakeholders workshop on conditions of service for Nigerian Journalists organised by the National body of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), held at the Metropolitan Hotel, Calabar.
The governor stressed that throughout history, the media has played great role in development, adding that the workshop remains at the forefront of national discourse and development. Imoke described journalists as opinion leaders and intellectuals who have knowledge of everything.
He said that Journalists oversee the affairs of the society with a view to transforming it's growth and development, stressing that by extension, the media should be free in a democratic society as guaranteed in the Nigerian Constitution.
The governor noted that with the cooperation and support of a well articulated press, the State's Economic Blue Print if fully implemented, would lead to the transformation and growth of the state, thereby impacting positively on its people.
Imoke observed that the Media was a strategic partner with Cross River State government in her developmental strides to create job and wealth for the people.
He maintained that the press had played a great role in the branding of Cross River as a preferred destination and solicited continued support and cooperation from journalists and wished them more purposeful deliberations while mourning with them on the death of their slain colleague, Mr. Ephraim Audu of the Nasarawa Broadcasting Service, Lafia.
The Minister of Information and Communications, Mr. John Odey said that the importance of journalists can not be overemphasised especially in a developing country like Nigeria as the success of any administration depends on the efficiency and effectiveness of the media.
Odey, who was represented by Mr. Henry Angulu, Director of Public Communication, Federal Ministry of Information and Communications, commended the media's role in the enthronement of democracy in the country, appealing that more work be done to enhance its sustenance.