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By Amaka Uchennadiukwu

Media proffessionals have called on politicians in Nigeria to have a change of Attitude as this would deepen democracy and facilitate sustainable democratic culture in the country.

Facilitators in a town hall meeting organised by Nigeria Guild of Editors at De Castle Resort Enugu made the emphasis during the three days meeting

Speaking on the theme of the event. “AGENDA SETTING:’ SUSTAINABLE DEMOCRATIC CULTURE, a former minister of Information and Culture, Chief Frank Nweke Junior recalled that the media remained a social institition empowered by the constitition to checkmate the activities of the government, hold them acountable and play a watchdog role in the society.

Frank Nweke Junior maintained that the the core duties of the media include Accountability mechanism, Agenda setting mechanism and Gate keeping mechanism.

In another develoment, the Executive Director, Women Informtion Network and member Nigeria Guild of Editors NGE, Mrs Miriam Menkiti called on government at all levels to prioritize the welfare of journalist.

Miriam Menkiti therefore encouraged journalist to always seek indepth knowledge on issues stressing the need for all media practisioners be acquire good education inorder to perform professional duties optimally.

“Government must find a way of funding the media. As a trained proffessional, do not assume, rather educate your readers especially on issues of social relevance”.

“As you set agenda, remember women in politics”

Another resource person and senior lecturer Institute of Management and Technology, IMT Enugu, Dr. Maxwel Ngene who stated that Agenda was the theory that describes the powerful influence of the media in the ability to inform people on any issue whatsoever, cautioned journalists to eschew negetive attitudunal change, money politics, God fatherism and electoral malpractices.

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“An enduring democratic culture was as a result of correct fight against corruption. In all, journalists should posses democratic culture”.

“Words journaliats should think about in the discharge of their duties are Conscious, Dedicated, Diligent, and Sincere Pursuit in agenda setting”.

“This is a call for re-evaluation of our endeavours in the profession”

In a remark, the chaiman Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ Enugu state chapter, Comrade Samuel Udekwe thanked the organisrers (NGE) for the golden opportunity given to journalist to be abreast of their core role in agenda aetting.

Also, the chairperson Nigeria Aaaociation of Women Journalists NAWOJ Enugu state, Comrade Ngozi Ngene called on the organzers of the Town Hall meeting to make such a gathering quaterly instead of only during elections.

In another development, a journalist Amarchi Enebe called on members of the pen profession to be passion driven journalists despite the inability of some media outfilts to provide stomarch infrastructure.

One of the organisers and retired staff of Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria Enugu National Station, Mr Ngwoke Ngwoke implored journalists to carry out their duties in a professional and ethical manner at all times.

Participants were drawn from Nigerian Guild of Editors, media outfits both electronic and print as well as students of Mass communication from different Instititions of higher learning.

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Vincent Onyegaegbochi Okoye (born 23rd April) is a Nigerian blogger, writer, entrepreneur and a librarian. Born and raised in a Catholic Family from NRI in anaocha local Government Area of Anambra state, Nigeria, Graduated from Delta state university, Abraka, in the year 2018 where he studied Library and Information Science.

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