Nigeria Customs service Controller General, Hameed Ali says responsible reportage will enhance national economy and boost security architecture of the country.
Ali said this at a one day seminar for Customs Correspondents organized by the Service in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.
The Customs boss added that Nigeria being an import dependent economy requires knowledge, tact and patriotism in reporting.
Represented by Assistant Comptroller in charge of Zone A, Katherine Ekekieze said journalists are regarded as very vital partners in the cause of nation building.
“I approved training themed Enhancing National Economy and Security through Responsible Reportage because of the importance we attach to your job” Ali said
Earlier in his lecture, President, African Public Relations Association, Yomi Badejo- Okusanya said Public Relations in not Media Relations and millennium nature of Public Relations must be interactive and information sharing
He stated that Public relations cannot be kept on lip service rather should be integral part of policy formation to achieve results.”
His words: ” Media relations cannot be equated with Public relations, for an effective and efficiency management of customs operations there’s need for adequate synergies with media.”
He however reiterated that on going border closure by the Nigeria customs service can not forever but lauded the significant changes made in the areas of seizures of prohibited items and improved revenue generation.
” For customs to achieve responsible reportage there must be robust relationship with the media correspondents.
The need for investigative reportage should be anchored on availability of statistical data aimed for balance reportage.”he added.
He advocated for enhanced and balanced reportage with facts and truth should be generated to repose confidence in the institutions and the media.
Other speakers were Comptroller Wale Adeniyi, who spoke on ‘Journalism: The Imperative of follow up and investigation’; Engr Wesley Edirin Jerry, Managing Director of Nigeria Customs Broadcasting News, spoke on ‘Enhancing Customs Stakeholders Relationship through Digital Broadcasting’.
The seminar drew media practitioners as participants from various parts of the country cut across print, electronic and online publications.
Also participated at the one day event were representatives of Nigeria Police, Nigeria Immigration Service and other security outfits.