A front line journalist in Akwa Ibom State and Nigeria, Mr. Ibanga Isine, has challenged his colleagues in the profession to go beyond just criticizing the policies of Government to proffering solutions and problem solving to move the country forward economically and otherwise.
The media guru who throw the challenge during an interactive session with select online media practitioners in the state suggested that journalism practice should go with some sense of responsibility and keen adherence to the ethics of the profession.
In his words: “I have always said that that journalism practice is not all about criticism, journalists should also offer alternative, constructive solution to problems. If all your headlines are criticizing the actions of Government; it is so natural that even you would not appreciate being criticized always. Let us also look at what is right and when you criticize, also offer solutions.
“If you accuse Government of misappropriating the state funds; how did you find out? It is only that Government does not have the time to waste because at the end of the day, they would say you stiffen the press. But sometimes journalism must go with responsibility. In a situation where people do things without commitment to the ethics of the profession is very regrettable. And by so doing, you would be branded an enemy of Government.”
Isine however urged the media and the people of the state and country in general to exercise patience and give the Governments of Muhammadu Buhari and Mr. Udom Emmanuel respectively the benefit of doubt to live up to the expectations of the state and Nigeria.
He sees the economic problems faced by the country, occasioned by the dwindling price of crude oil as a global problem, saying that no political party should be blamed for it but time should be given for alternative sources of revenue; such as Agriculture to take effect and replace over dependent on oil.
He expressed optimism that with the status of the state Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel and what he has began to do in the state, the present trying time would not last, saying that three years will be more than enough for the state to enter into another season and the desiredchange would be experienced.