The Nigerian Airforce is seeking the collaboration of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ to check dissemination of fake news in the ongoing fight against insurgency and other challenges in the country.
The Assistant National Secretary of NUJ, Mr. Joseph Midat, said this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.
Midat quoted the Director, Public Relations and Information of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, as making the request when he paid a courtesy visit to the NUJ President, Mr. Chris Iziguzo.
Gepkwet who appreciated the role of the media in nation building said verification of facts from the military would assist in the dissemination of accurate information to the public.
He emphasized the need for both the Armed Forces and the media to work together in keeping the country safe for Socio Economic Development.
“This is through informing them on what the military and government are doing for the good of the nation.
“We are doing all these to ensure that we remain safe and that our citizens can go about doing their normal day-to-day activities without fear or any form of confrontation.
“I think that the interface with important stakeholders like NUJ, NIPR, and others as it relates to image building and keeping our citizens informed is very important,” he said
According to him, there are citizens that don’t know what the military stands for and what they do; thus, partnership to help us sell ideas to them will help correct some misinformation, misconceptions, and wrong perceptions.
“ I can assure you that a lot is being done in the Air Force to see that our citizens are safe and get back to their farms, businesses, and travels without fear,’’ Gebkwet affirmed.
The Air Force Spokesman also called for support, adding that his doors were open 247 for advice and suggestions on how the force could improve in areas of information dissemination and responsibilities.
Responding, National President of NUJ Comrade Chris Isiguzo Commended the Nigeria Armed Forces in the fight against insurgency and called on the Federal Government to properly equip the Military to enhance service delivery.
Comrade Isiguzo also appealed to the leadership of the Nigeria Army to prioritize the welfare of personnel at the war front.