The Chairperson, Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Rivers State chapter, Susan Serekara-Nwikhana has called on journalists in Rivers State to conduct themselves properly and adhere to professional and ethical standards ahead of the forthcoming NUJ state Congress.
NAWOJ in a press statement signed by Ngozi Anosike Acting Secretary, NAWOJ, Rivers State noted with dismay the ethnic colouration and other unprofessional indulgences exhibited by members towards the forthcoming NUJ state election.
“It is not in our conduct and profession to act in a manner that looks suspicious.
“We are the mirror of the world, the mouth piece and the channel for information, and so we are looked upon in everything we do.
“Our conducts should picture that “I carefully observed some of us and the ways and manners we carry out our duties and I must say it is unethical”.
“And so I urged you all to turn a new leaf and be professional in your reportage and carrying out your duties especially during and after the forthcoming NUJ state election.”
Comrade Susan who stated that NUJ as an elitist body was expected to set the pace for due process in the conduct of its internal affairs, most especially, towards the forthcoming NUJ state elections, further called on stakeholders in the elections to exercise restraint and caution in order to avoid tendencies that could truncate the forthcoming NUJ state election as well as bring the Union to public disrepute.
“We call on the stakeholders to also comport themselves and exercise restraint to avoid tendencies that may truncate the forthcoming NUJ election in Rivers State to avoid bringing the union to public disrepute.”
The statement urged all members of NUJ in Rivers State to be objective in their choices of candidates and avoid been use as tool to disrupt the election in other to move the Union forward.