By Godwin Ekandem
The Honourable Commissioner for works in Akwa Ibom state and Grand Patron of Nigeria Union of Journalists, Zone F South South, Akparawa Ephraim Inyang-eyen had Advocated for the emergence of selected print media establishments in the state as an independent organisation for the common good of the state. Akparawa Ephraim Inyang-eyen says this during an interaction with the journalists in Akwa Ibom state at their first 2018 general congress held at the press centre, Uyo.
The Commissioner said that “if this is done, unethical reporting will be the thing of the past and it will help to check the activity of unqualified journalists, strengthen the profession” and media houses emerging just to oppose and mobilize peoples against the good work of the government.
The Works Commissioner also highlighted some of the road construction done under the leadership of Governor Udom Gabriel Emmanuel in the last two years and many others still under construction. He charged journalists to join force with him and the government of Udom Emmanuel in condemning the shady works done by the Federal Government Agency under the NDDC in Akwa Ibom State. He decried that when shabby and poor jobs are done, it is the people of the State that suffer. He noted that the government of Udom Gabriel Emmanuel had constructed over twenty roads and completed it with good quality materials using local and indigenous construction firms across the State.
Akparawa Ephraim Inyang-eyen also spoke on the welfare of Journalists in Akwa Ibom State that as Grand Patron of the Union in the south- south zone F, he will do everything humanly possible to see that the welfare of Journalists in Akwa Ibom State is taken care of. He enjoined Journalists to promote the policies of the government of Akwa Ibom State led by Governor Udom Emmanuel.
Responding, the Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Akwa Ibom State council, Elder Patrick Albert pledged the support of Journalists in the state to the ideals and good works done by the government of Governor Udom Gabriel Emmanuel for the people of Akwa Ibom State.