NDDC BOARD CHAIRMAN, MRS LAURETTA ONOCHIE AND NAWOJ CHAIRPERSON
BY GABRIEL OKECHUKWU, FRCN PORT HACOURT
Journalists have been urged to promote social justice and well-being of citizens in their reportage.
The Chairman, Board of Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC, Mrs. Lauretta Onochie gave the advice at NDDC headquarters in Port Harcourt Rivers State while addressing a delegation from Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ who were in her office on courtesy call.
While reminding them of their role as gatekeepers, Mrs. Onochie noted that if they create conflict through their reports, women and children may be the worst hit.
The Chairman who told them that she was a member of NAWOJ during her years in Radio Nigeria, asked the NAWOJIANS to resist being used by politicians to create discord among the people.
She insisted that facts are sacred and journalists should always be factual while reporting.
Mrs. Onochie who made history as the first female chairman of NDDC board, assured the group of the willingness of the commission to collaborate with all stakeholders.
Earlier on in her presentation, Chairperson NAWOJ Rivers State Chapter, Mrs. Susan serekara-Nwikhana who said that their core mandate is to better the lives of women in the society, added that the body embarks on training of widows, young girls and street children.
Mrs. Serekara -Nwikhana while soliciting collaboration with NDDC, pledged their readiness to be an extended arm of the chairman to reach the rural areas.
The Rivers State Chapter NAWOJ Chairperson while wishing the chairman success, told her of their resolve to adopt her as their matron.