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…Seeks to Collaborate with Transport, Aviation Correspondents

The acting Director General (DG), Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Capt. Chris Najomo, at the weekend tasked media practitioners on correct narrative of events that bring about positive impact to the agency, the aviation industry and wealth of the country amongst the league of nations of the world.

Najomo, to this end, is seeking to collaborate with the sector’s correspondents for good reportage of the Authority.

The NCAA boss, while playing host to Abuja Transportation and Aviation Correspondents Association (ATACA), in his office in Abuja, noted that social media was a very powerful tool that could be used for good projection of activities of the country, stating: “we must be very careful of what we chun out daily.” Transport and Aviation Correspondents

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According to him, “If the body is doing something good, report. Don’t use your pen and paper to blackmail. Investigate properly, cross check with your colleagues for correct information, because, social media is very strong these days.”

Najomo maintained that NCAA was all about ensuring that standards are met hence, “it is about training and retraining. Journalists should do better reports as lournalism has gone beyond the surface meaning of journalism.

“We are ready to collaborate in building a better aviation sector devoid of misinformation and tension as the closeness of media professionals to the NCAA would result in a better reportage about the NCAA activities.”

On the recent suspension of private jets used for commercial operations, Najomo hinted, “We are going to continue to sanction, it is not business as usual. Do the right thing and you would not be grounded. Get your AOC and all would be well, he said to aviation stakeholders.

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He however called on journalists to refrain from junk journalism of blackmailing as it doesn’t speak well of the profession. “We need all the support from you, we are here to make things seamless,” he concluded.

Speaking earlier, Chairman, Abuja Transportation and Aviation Correspondents (ATACA), Mr. Oru Leonard Oru, commended the DG, NCAA for piloting the affairs of the agency in a professional manner.

Oru, while outlining the activities of the Association to the NCAA boss, however urged the agency to open its door of activities to Journalists for proper coverage.

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According to him, “you don’t expect good reportage from a distance. There must be closeness and with that, we avoid beer parlour talks. Aviation is critical and NCAA involves technicalities, so; we seek for more training of our members.”

The ATACA chair, while highlighting further on the activities of the association, briefed Capt. Najomo on the forthcoming seminar, the ATACA Journal, welfare for members and sort for his support to ensure that all its planned events are successful.

He however, thanks the agency for the warm reception, its pledges to work with the sector’s correspondence, the approved training for members and look
forward to a fruitful partnership.

Comrade James Ezema is a veteran journalist and media consultant. He is a political strategist. He can be reached on +2348035823617 via call or WhatsApp.

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