Gov Ikpeazu urges OMPAN to refrain from de-marketing Abia State, imbibe professionalism.


The Governor of Abia state, HE Okezie Ikpeazu, PhD, has urged  Online Media Practitioners in the state to help protect the state through their practice, emphasising that professionalism among journalists is the only prism the public will view the true position of every society, urging them to avoid writing things that will de-market Abia.

The Governor made this admonition when he was speaking with members of the Abia Online Media Practitioners Association (OMPAN), led by the state chairman chief Paddy Anyatonwu at Governor’s lodge Aba when they paid him a courtesy visit.
He reiterated that Abia state is strategic in the survival of Ndigbo, “therefore there is the need to be mindful of  what we say or what we write about the state as it will go a long way to make mare the region”

Dr Ikpeazu went ahead to describe the role of the press as very important in the growth and development of every society, state and nation.

According to the Governor, “You people are perception managers and you drive the society and shape opinions, you can put the state forward or backwards, depending on the image you decide to push forward.

“Perceptions when they go too far, it is difficult to come back so if you are not careful on who you promote, what you promote and the agenda you promote, you could realize that you are promoting something that will undermine you and your environment.

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Dr. Okezie Victor Ikpeazu

“But as opinion shapers, if you focus on what will make our society grow, and if you can set out what is good in an individual and promote the good virtues, it will go a long way to determine whether Abia state will grow or not.

“If you de-market your state, eventually in your curriculum vitae for the state of origin, you will put Abia, so you do not know how far your interventions can go across the world. I only urge you to be mindful of the import of your profession into society. It is so important that you are protected by the status in our constitution. This should tell you how serious society takes the work you do” he said.

The Governor also used the forum to inform the body of his administration’s spirited effort in the construction of many roads that can stand the test of time in Aba, using cement technology,

Only construction of quality roads to stop recycling old roads can ensure the commencement of virgin ones.

Gov. Okezie Ikkpeazu, PhD. 30th, July, 2022.

“Why I use cement, concrete with a 9-inch rod to construct roads is to build quality roads that will stand the test of time so that the person who will come after me will not go back to those roads I built, that is the only way we can recover our cities. It is only when we stop recycling the same roads that we can start constructing virgin roads” he assured.

The governor, therefore, challenged the media practitioners to be professional in the course of doing their job and avoid being hired by politicians because of their inordinate ambition to assassinate or distract the government from performing, emphasising that with the support and assistance of Abia Online Media practitioners Association in the promotion and projection of the state, the public will understand the true nature of the state and appreciate the administration’s giant strides.

By Amos Kalu

A Media Consultant/ICT Expert. Website Developer and CEO/Chief Editor OHAFIA TV News.

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