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Don’t take sides with economic saboteurs – DC Bomodi tells Journalists

* Tacks reporters on factual, objective reportage

The National Public Relations Officer, Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), DC Timi Bomodi, has urged Journalists, especially maritime reporters to be factual and objective in disseminating information to the public, in order to promote nation’s building and national development.

DC Bomodi made this assertion while addressing participants at the just concluded Customs-Media Parley in Lagos.

Explaining  the role of the media in economic development, DC Bomodi advised Journalists to jettison elements of bias, subjectivity and personal sentiments in their reportage.

He advised maritime Journalists reporting activities of Customs to desist from sympathising with smugglers and economic saboteurs, who often try to curry favour from the public, in order to justify their illicit trade.

According to him, Journalists must always be neutral and remain on the side of the law, rather than siding with fraudulent traders through their style of reporting anti-smuggling operations.

Also speaking, the Customs Zonal Public Relations Officer in charge of Zone ‘A’, CSC N. Nwala, pointed out the need for maritime Journalists to carry out their duties with dignity and a high level of professionalism, in order to earn the respect of officers.

In his remaks, the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Lagos State chapter, Mr Adeleye Ajayi, said Public Relations Officers, should not be tired of giving information to reporters, as their duty is very crucial and  requires meeting deadlines in most cases.

Speaking further, Mr Ajayi, urged Journalists to abide by the ethics of the profession at all times.

Also speaking, the President, Maritime Journalists Association of Nigeria (MAJAN), Comrade Ray Ugochukwu, said the work of Journalists has constitutional backing. As such, Journalists must be given the usual courtesy of the press.

Comrade Ugochukwu, who frowned at the issue of quackery mentioned at the forum, said Customs PROs are well trained and can distinguish between the real Journalists and fake ones parading Customs formations on daily basis, pretending to be Journalists.

The Media Parley, which brought Public Relations Officers of Customs from all Commands across Nigeria to a round-table discussion with maritime Journalists, provided ample opportunity for open interaction between both groups.

Observation :   Our correspondent observed that DC Bomodi, who coordinated the discussion was patient and calmed throughout he exercise. He gave everyone opportunity to express his thoughts.

The Customs Image Maker didn’t side with any group. He called for mutual respect and understanding from both parties.  While he advised his officers to see Journalists as stakeholders and partners in progress, he equally admonished newsmen to display the right decorum at all times, while taking into cognisance the  busy work schedules of PROs.

Journalists, who assessed the exercise at the sidelines, extolled DC Bomodi for his experience and outstanding qualities in public relations.

The programme ended in group photograph for both groups, as shown below

Group photograph taken at the end of the media Parley in Lagos.
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