Media practitioners have been asked to uphold the truth at all times, and not give in to the temptation of publishing falsehood or mischievous narrative.
Plateau State Governor, Chief Simon Lalong, who gave the charge at the opening ceremony of the FCT Minister’s Press Corps Media Retreat in Jos over the weekend, warned that misleading report is no just capable of creating fear in the people, but also putting disaffected among them.
He noted that Plateau state remains peaceful, and not a war zone, as is being projected in some mischievous reports.
According to him, the narrations suggesting that Plateau was at war and therefore unsafe, was a cheap blackmail by enemies of peaceful co-existence.
Lalong stressed that his administration was working to rout out all criminal elements constituting political and security threat to law abiding citizens.
The governor, who was represented by the permanent secretary, Ministry of Information, Dr. Michael Pam, also stated that his administration has remained resolute with its mandate of developing the state and delivering dividends of democracy to all citizens, in a peaceful atmosphere.
He also added that relevant security agencies have been re-engineered to tackle all the isolated cases of criminal activities and attacks at various remote communities, to safeguard innocent people, while dealing with the criminal elements.
“You are now critically positioned to tell the true story of Plateau State. Out there, the narrative is like Plateau is in a state of war, but you have seen for yourselves that we are a peaceful, hospital and likeable people, who are at all-time accommodating.”
Also speaking, the Chairman of the FCT Minister’s Press Corps, Ikharo Attah said that observation has shown that the security challenges in Plateau have been largely over- exaggerated.
While he noted that the choice of holding the retreat in Jos, was to help form broader views on issues of development in the state, and also provide better media perspective that will further strengthen national unity and peaceful co-existence.
Attah assured that from the media retreat would give birth to objective reportage that will change negative narrations that fuel insecurity in the state.