By Orkula Shaagee, Abuja
The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt Hon Ahmed Idris Wase has challenged journalists covering the green chamber to always adhere to the objective reportage of the House, as well as confirm and balance their reports before going to the press.
He made the pledge when he hosted members of the House of Representatives press corp led by their chairman, Mrs. Grace Ike.
According to the Deputy Speaker, the failure of some journalists to confirm and balance their reports before publishing has caused a lot of damage to the image of the National Assembly and the country at large.
While welcoming objective criticisms from members of the media, Wase said he would work within the confines of the law to ensure that mediapractitioners in the country receive adequate training to enhance their performance.
“We are going to be media friendly and our doors are wide open 24 hours for you because we know that you are here to assist us do our work. We cannot bethe mirror ourselves, you are our mirror.
“But there is need for you to look at the activities of some people who hang around in the name of press men because their activities in the past have dented the image of the country; we have to improve e image of the institution. We have received a lot of bashing in the past.
“There is need for journalists to confirm and balance their reports before going to the press,” he said.
Earlier, the chairman of the House of Representatives press corp, Mrs. Grace Ike while congratulating the Deputy Speaker on his election, assured him of the corp’s objectivity in their reports.
She noted that, for democracy to endure, there is need for press freedom to enable journalist perform their duties as member of the fourth estate of the realm.
Mrs. Ike also called on the National Assembly to pass a law making it mandatory for media organizations’ owners to improve the welfare of journalistsworking under them.