Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly says journalists should be unbiased during news reportage

The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has charged journalists in the state to always maintain the integrity of the pen profession through factual and unbiased reports that would contribute to the growth and development of the state.

Speaking during a media parley with House of Assembly Correspondents, the chairman house committee on information, Ime Okon said the media was an important partner in the industrialization drive of the present administration.

He expressed the concern of the sixth assembly over recent development in the media which according to him is portraying the state in bad light, adding that as watchdogs of the society, journalists must ensure their stories are balanced before publication and promised that the house of assembly will interact with stakeholders to engender respect and honour for the practice of journalism in the state.

The member representing Ibiono Ibom State Constituency who was briefing the press for the first time since his inauguration as the spokesman of the assembly said the sixth assembly was committed to making appropriate laws to facilitate the provision of jobs for the youths, provide food, security, education and to facilitate the industrialization drive of government.

While responding to question why the house of assembly has failed to take action after the expiration of the seven days ultimatum given to the Department of State Services for the alleged invasion of the state governor’s house last month, Okon said there have been major intervention by authorities on the matter but stressed that if at the end the assembly is not satisfied, it would still head to court.

House of Assembly Correspondent, Bassey Ibiatisuho reports that other members of the information committee; Samuel Ufuo and Otobong Akpan representing Mbo and Ukanafun state constituencies respectively were present at the media parley.

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