Managing Director of the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), Alhaji Habib Abdullahi, has charged journalists to continue to uphold objectivity and fairness in their reporting.
He argued that for any issue requiring clarifications as regards NPA’s activities, journalists should be free to approach him as he operates an open door policy. He stated this when he received executive members of the Maritime Reporters’ Association of Nigeria (MARAN), who paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Lagos.
He said although there has not been any observed breach of fairness and objectivity among maritime journalists since he was appointed a few months ago, he however cautioned them to avoid sensationalism, saying that it is the responsibility of the media to be fair and objective in their reportage.
He explained that he is open to objective criticism. This, he said, will help move the industry forward. He said although he is not a publicity freak, he prefers to be judged based on his performance rather than by his person, noting that journalists should focus their questions on operations and projects of the authority rather than on his personality.
He promised to sustain the relation between the media and NPA, saying they are partners in progress.
The NPA helmsman also promised to fulfil promises made by previous administrations to MARAN as government is a continuum and that the previous chief executives made the promises on behalf of NPA and not in their personal capacities.
President of MARAN, Mr. Bolaji Akinola, had earlier in his opening remarks said the association is the umbrella body of all maritime journalists from both the print and electronic media. He stressed that it does more of developmental journalism as part of its contribution to the growth of the maritime sector of the economy.
Akinola urged Abdullahi to sustain the cordial relationship that has existed between both organisations since MARAN was founded in 1988 under the direct influence of former NPA Managing Director, Chief Adebayo Sarumi, while he was the Port Manager, Apapa port.