Ebonyi council boss extols media on sustaining nation’s democracy- From Reginald Okoro

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Chief Onyebuchi Ogbadu, Ivo Council boss (middle) in a group photo with members of AIMP at Isiaka during AIMP’s visit to the council.

Chief Onyebuchi Ogbadu, Chairman, Ivo local government area of Ebonyi has extolled the Nigeria media for their efforts in sustaining the nation’s democracy through effective and unbiased reportage.

Ogbadu made the commendation on Monday at Isiaka, Headquarters of Ivo LGA when he received members of the Association of Ivo Media Practioners (AIMP) who paid him a courtesy call.

The council boss said that the contributions of the media and role of Journalists in ensuring stability of the country’s democratic match could not be over emphasised.

He added that virile press was critical in the development of any society and extolled the professionalism and bravery of media practitioners in the exercise of its constitutional watch-dog role.

He also charged Practioners to rise against fake, adulterated and unethical journalism which he noted was on the increase due to the advent of social media.

Ogbadu said that the birth of AIMP was a welcome development and pledged support and partnership with the group in driving its programmes at the LGA, state and federal levels.

He called on the group to use their various media platforms to market the developmental strides in the council and other activities going on in the LGA.

“We are happy to receive you to our secretariat and your own council; your visit is a welcome development.

“Something happened about three to four months ago, when somebody took to the social media to write about Akaeze as a land of criminals where people are being waylaid but one of you confronted the challenge and the whole world knew the truth.

“I know that you are here to partner with us to propagate our projects, ideas and activities of the council in positive lights.

“I challenge the association to beam searchlight on the Indiobasi and Iheme communities land dispute which has painted Ivo people and Ebonyi as barbaric people because of unconfirmed and spurious reports flying around in social media,” Ogbadu said.

The chairman presented a score card of his less than three months old administration to include; building of Army security post at the Ivo LGA border areas, perimeter fencing of Abuja-Ogidi daily market and renovation of Ogidi motor Park all in Akaeze.

Other projects are installation of 5-kilometer street lights each in Akaeze and Ishiagu communities; leveling and construction of Ugwuiyioji in Akaeze, construction of Etani bridge and road to connect Ugwueke in Abia state amongst others.

The chairman said that his administration was committed to human and Infrastructural development adding that peace and unity of the area were been given prirority under his administration.

Meanwhile, Dr Nelson Ogbaeja, President of the group who led executive members to the visit said that AIMP is made up of media practitioners in private and public sectors from Ivo extraction.

He explained that members were in the council to express their support and solidarity to the chairman noting that the group was committed to partnering the council for effective media coverage of activities of the LGA.

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