The Maritime Journalists Association of Nigeria, (MAJAN) has disclosed that arrangement is in top gear to hold a Roundtable chat on the significance of ‘African Continental Free Trade Agreement’ (AFCFTA) and the preparedness of maritime stakeholders to key into this concept.
President of the association, Mr. Ray Ugochukwu said, tha MAJAN Roundtable slated for Thursday February 18, 2021, in Lagos.will focus is on “African Continental Free Trade Agreement’ (ACFTA), because this is an important issue at the moment.”
He stated that the Roundtable is going to take the form of a confab with selected stakeholders on AFCFTA, so as to ensure that the Public is properly and adequately informed through our reports. “As Journalists, it is obligatory on our part to constantly disseminate information to the public,this is exactly what MAJAN is doing”.he added.
Responding to questions on the preparedness of MAJAN to hold its “National Maritime Summit on Apapa traffic gridlock” slated for March, 2021, he said;”We are on course. Plans are on top gear to ensure a successful outing”.He added, “The MAJAN Roundtable chat on AFCFTA is equally important, because recommendations from stakeholders will help government on policies formulation and implementation”.
Meanwhile, the MAJAN) President also called on maritime journalists to practice investigative Journalism in their reportage.
He said maritime is the second largest revenue generating sector for the Federal Government after oil. As such, reporters covering the sector must investigate and bring sharp practices to the attention of government and the entire Public.
According to him, such investigative reports will enable government take proactive measures in tackling factors militating against growth of the sector, in order to ensure sanity in the system.
Ugochukwu emphasised that Journalists must be fair and objective in their reportage., stressing that their investigative reports must be presented with facts.
On the whole, thr MAJAN President urged maritime Journalists to live up to expectation in reporting the sector, especially in exposing the rot in the system.