By JIDAUNA DARING
Former Governor of Bauchi State, Barrister Mohammed Abubakar has assured the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Plateau State Council of his continued support towards ensuring the promotion of the noble profession in the state.
Barrister Abubakar who was represented by his former Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism Hon. Umar Ibrahim Sade disclosed this in his capacity as chairman at a colloquium organized by the NUJ Plateau State council during its 2019 Press Week Celebration, held at the Eliel Center Gold and Base Rayfield Jos, Thursday.
He expressed his gratitude to the council for finding him worthy to serve as the Chairman of the occasion, adding that the annual event was primarily celebrated to foster unity and understanding among individual members of the Union.
He noted that the event would also help in updating the knowledge of journalists and afford them the opportunity to share ideas on issues of national interest in an organized social forum.
Barrister Mohammend maintained that the event which brought together the NUJ members and all critical stakeholders, the prime movers in corporate governance, business and public decision matters to interact and consolidate on the Unions achievements in the state was very apt.
He added that the programme would further give room for better relationship, understanding and partnership in working together for the benefit of the society.
The former governor advised journalists to consider their present positions as member of the fourth estate of the realm to foster unity and peaceful co-existence, both in Plateau State and Nigeria as a whole.
He said that the “friendship, collaboration and partnership” would further strengthen professional consciousness and commitment towards achieving excellence in their duties and responsibilities as journalists.
In his remarks, Patron of the NUJ, Plateau State Council and Emir of Wase, HRH, Alhaji (Dr.) Mohammad Sambo Haruna, said that as patron he understood that the event had provided an avenue for the journalists to interact with one another and to also exchange ideas on how best to practice and improve the profession and the society.
Our correspondent reports that the theme for the 2019 Press Week Colloquium was “Insecurity in Nigeria and Agitations for Restructuring” was presented by Prof. Dakas C.J Dakas (SAN) while the discussants were the Vice Chancellor of the Plateau State University, Bokko, Prof. Yohana Izam, Director General of the Plateau Peace Building Agency, Mr. Joseph Lengmang and the Executive Secretary Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN), Prof. Garba Sharubutu.