The Oasis Reporters
October 6, 2021
By Aloysius Okerieke, Warri
The Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse III has charged media practitioners to always remain truthful and responsible while carrying out their duties.
The highly respected monarch gave the charge today at his palace in Warri as he received the executives and members of the Nigerian Union Of Journalists, Warri Correspondents’ Chapel who were on a courtesy visit to him.
The monarch while responding to the speech and request for partnership from members of the Warri Correspondents’ Chapel with the palace appreciated the role of journalists and said,
” Late Steve Jobs said , the most powerful person in the world is the story teller.
“Initially, I didn’t know the meaning. But now I do. Those who control what media establishments say are the powerful people.
“For a gathering of storytellers, journalists to come and want to partner with us, you’re doing us a great service.
“The way the world is today, the internet is both a blessing and a curse. The information tool, if not well used, can wreak havoc.
“We’re in the era of fake news. Someone can just from their own setting, create their own blog, their own spokesman put out information, package it well and people will gulp it, but it does a lot of harm.
“That’s where we come in as light bearers calling out irresponsible journalism, irresponsible reporting.
“We know different parties may sponsor through different outlets and everybody will tell the story from their angle “.
I’ll encourage everybody who has the resources to own a media house to do so. It’s important. But as neutral journalists, let’s stand on the truth and say it as it is.
“God has a way of rewarding those who do not compromise especially when it comes to the responsible role journalists play.
“In spite of all the temptations you go through in your profession, I’m sure you know it’s rewarding when you resist and stand for the truth.
“Continue in that line so that our society can be much better. We’ll not hesitate to reach out to you in due course” he concluded.
The royal father thereafter prayed for the various media houses present.
Earlier on the Chairman of the Warri Correspondents’ Chapel, Comrade Okpomo Victor congratulated the monarch, on his ascension to the throne of his forefathers and pledged the union’s support and partnership with the Palace in reporting their activities as well as loyalty of members to the stool.
He went further to inform His Royal Majesty Ogiame Atuwatse III of the upcoming NUJ Press week where the monarch will be honoured and decorated as Life Patron of the Union.
Those present at the brief ceremony were palace chiefs and some members of the royal family.