The Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), has appealed to journalists to be fair and objective in their reportage of events or issues concerning the university and its management.
Mr Adeyinka Ademuyiwa, the Deputy Director, Corporate Services of the university, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Oye-Ekiti.
Ademuyiwa said that the management of the institution had observed that whenever “there are internal issues, some journalists often compromise the ethics of the profession by writing with bias and not balancing the stories’’.
According to him, some journalists normally use fake identity and anonymous by-lines so as to avoid being traced to their media organisation.
Ademuyiwa, however, commended media professionals such as those working with the News Agency of Nigeria , Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria FRCN), Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), Guardian, Punch, Nigerian Tribune, The Nation and Vanguard.
He frowned at many of those using news sites, online blogs and other news platforms to destroy the good image of the university.
He urged the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Ekiti chapter, to sanction poorly trained reporters and quacks “who are determined to destroy the good profession’’.
Ademuyiwa also appealed to journalists to always verify every information and issues from the university corporate services department before publishing any story that could tarnish the image of the institution.
“I want to appeal to all our media practitioners, the private, state and federal owned media outfits, to always ensure that they verify the authenticity of the information given to them by any person.
“FUOYE is one of the fastest growing federal universities in Nigeria and it is normal for any group of people to be envious of the institution’s rapid development.
“We are not asking journalists not to discharge their duties, but what we have observed is that stories that are capable of destroying the image of the university are being given wide publication, which is not pleasant.
“I want to assure all our media practitioners in Ekiti that our doors are open for anyone who wish to clarify any information about the university.
“The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Kayode Soremekun, was a media specialist who had worked with several print media in Nigeria and he loves journalism.
“He expects journalists to approach him to clarify issues and not to go about blackmailing the management of the university,’’ he said.
Ademuyiwa assured journalists that the management of university would continue to partner with them in the discharge of their journalistic duties.
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