By: Willy Punvwet,
The inability of Public Servants to give out information to Journalists has been identified as the major cause of fake news in the country
The General Manager (GM) of the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), Lafia, Mallam Sani Ibn salihu, disclosed this, Wednesday, in Lafia at a paper presentation, as part of activities to mark the Nasarawa state council of NUJ’s Press Week
He noted that, a situation where by Public Servants always keep mute either to confirm or deny allegations levied against their organizations, left Journalists with no option than to speculate, which is the product of fake news.
The NTA boss who was speaking on the topic De-Marketing Fake News, stressed on the need for Public Servants to have a rethink in order to change the ugly trend.
Mallam Ibn Salihu, noted with sadness a situation where by some of the civil servants hid themselves from the Media Practitioners rather than received them and clear all the grey areas raised by the Journalists.
“There is the great need for Public Servants to be seen to be accountable to the public that have put so much trust in them”. He declared.
He cautioned public servants against being afraid of the men of the pen profession, but should rather see them as partners in progress.
He called on the Nasarawa State Government to direct all Commissioners and Heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies, to always make themselves available to Journalists, as a way to be accountable to the public.
He explained that, if the public is properly informed, it would go a long way to dispel fake news been peddled in the social media by non professionals.
The GM challenged Journalists in the country to ensure they always disseminate the truth so as to win public confidence.
Also presenting a paper, Mallam Musa Abdullahi, the Deputy Director News, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) Headquarters, urged media professional to always report the truth to maintain their credibility.
The Deputy Director News, urged Journalists to focus their attention on reporting activities in the rural areas and human angle stories in order to give a sentence of belonging to the Public
The public lecture also futured questions and answers from Journalists in the state, which was centered mostly on the challenges confronting the Media Industry.