While most Nigerians expect the National Assembly and Nigeria’s security agencies to unmask the truth or otherwise of the unending rumour of the cloning of the press president, a Federal lawmaker, Hon Kinsley Chinda, has rather called on the press to do the job.
The mandate was the highlight of the events marking the 6th year anniversary of a foremost radio group in Port Harcourt, Nig Info. Chinda, a guest, urged the press to infuse more investigation and fact-checking into their work especially ones that concerns public interest.
Hon Chinda who represents Obio/Akpor Local Government Area in the House of Representative made the call while speaking to media celebrities, journalists, lawmakers, commissioners, social crusaders among other stakeholders at the private award and dinner night to conclude activities to mark the 6th anniversary.
He said, “Take a look at the ongoing back and forth on the President Buhari and the Jibrin saga, I had expected journalists to do more investigation to unearth the truth behind this.’’
Chinda who was also bestowed an award of excellence for his partnership with the radio station, praised Nigeria Info for the success recorded in six years and urged them to do more.
Also, Rivers State commissioner for information and communications, Barr Emma Okah, advised media houses to be more sensitive to the political climate as the 2019 election approaches. He urged managements to ensure that their correspondents maintain high level of professionalism while going about their work.
Also, Head of Station Nigeria Info, FM Blessing Olomu, said the dinner was held to appreciate those who has continuously supported the station over the years.
While stressing that all hands will be on deck to further improve the speed and quality of information it broadcasts to its audience, she assured that the station will continue on its trail of professional journalism.
She said “we will continue to be at the centre of the transformation of our industry, we assure you that we will be more proactive and apply more creativity to our work to stay ahead of competition’’
While commending the foresight and vision of the founder of the company, Amin Ibrahim Moussalli, the Head of Station expressed happiness with the feedback from stakeholders and residents of Port Harcourt that the station has positively impacted lives and influenced decisions that concerns the people since it began operation.
She said; “While appreciating the numerous feedback from our audience and partners, we also appreciate the commitment of our pool of news resources persons who are always ready to help analyze, enlighten and call for action on public matters.’’
Also the Rivers State Police Command has commended Nigeria Info FM for their passionate coverage of crime reports in the state. Spokesperson of the police, Nnamdi Omoni, while lauding the station for being a consistent police informant of crime prone zones, also hailed them for being a convenient channel for sending caution to members of the public without alarming them. He urged Nigeria Info FM to maintain its high rating of professionalism.
The private dinner which was held at Echelon Heights Hotel in Port Harcourt was the third activity by the station to mark its anniversary. It had in attendance General Managers of radio and television stations in Rivers State including newspaper editors and correspondents.
Also celebrities including Timi Dakolo, Yibo Koko, Dan the Humorous, and Chioma Omeruah popularly known as Chigul were in attendance.