Ochor Commends Community Newspapers for Indepth Report of Local Issues in Delta

Hon. Ochor Ochor and Rt. Hon. Omatsone Ferdinand Ken Exchanging Pleasantries During the ACNPN Inaugural Lecture and Award in Asaba
Hon. Ochor Ochor and Rt. Hon. Omatsone Ferdinand Ken Exchanging Pleasantries During the ACNPN Inaugural Lecture and Award in Asaba

By Emmanuel Enebeli

The Association of Community Newspaper Publishers of Nigeria, ACNPN, Delta State Council, has been commended for their efforts to expose the different developments and problems of communities in the state to the knowledge of the different stakeholders that are involved in development projects.

The Executive Director, Social Services Development, Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC, Hon. Christopher Ochor Ochor made this commendation during the association’s first Inaugural Lecture and Awards ceremony, stating that the efforts of the community newspaper publishers in the state have helped to shape and balance news source in the state, as it is the voice of the common and rural people.

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“Your publications have been a source of vital information to many as it has over the years helped to create a balance source of information about our state, and country. It has been the voice of the rural community, as it is the channel where problems and development of our communities had been well documented.” He said.

Hon. Ochor commended the association for their support for the Delta state government, and advised that the good relationship between the state and leadership of the body should be maintained, as the development of the state is the duty of everyone.

“I have to commend you on behalf of the state government. You have been supportive. You have continuously drawn the attention of the government to the needs of our communities. You have also promoted the successes recorded by the government in bringing development to the people, I encourage you to continue to corroborate with the state government to move the state to a greater height.”

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The Executive Director, who was recognised by the association on his leadership and community development efforts, tasked them to ensure that publications that will cause problems and incite the populace against the state should not be their trade mark, as it will only cause untold hardship and slow down development.

“Guide against any form of publication that will incite the people against the various organs of government, or that is always involved in false reporting. Such publications will not be good for our society. Guide against it.”

Hon. Ochor who used the opportunity to call on media organisations and journalists to ensure that as the 2019 election draws near, stressed that, they should protect the Nigerian democracy by insisting that the right process be followed, and doing the right reporting, and not be used as tools to attack opponents by fellow politicians.

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