By Isaac Ukpoju
Mr Abdulhamid Kwarra, Nasarawa State Commissioner of Information, Culture and Tourism, has asked the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) to “fish out quacks extorting monies from government officials”.
“There are many quacks moving around as journalists; they use blackmail and other tactics to extort money from government officials. We want the NUJ to fish them out,” Kwarra said on Tuesday in Lafia.
Kwara gave the charge when he received the executive council members of the Nasarawa State chapter of the NUJ.
He called for proactive steps that would rid the media of “fake elements” dragging its name to the mud.
According to him, “such elements move from one government ministry to another claiming to belong to mediums we have never heard of”.
“The ploy is to extort money from government officials and other individuals; the NUJ should tackle these people,” he said.
He charged journalists to be objective in their reportage, and cautioned against sensational reports that could paint government in bad light.
Earlier, Mr Dogo Shammah, the NUJ chairman, had commended the state government for maintaining a cordial relationship with the media.
Shammah particularly thanked the state government for donating 20 laptop computers to the union, and N5 million for the renovation of the press centre.
“The 20 computers have been of great value to the newsmen. They have eased our jobs in Nasarawa State,” he said.