By Simeon OSAJIE
Leadership of the Edo State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), has charged the newly sworn-in Chairmen of Local Government Councils in Edo State to appoint their Press Secretaries and media aids from practicing journalists in the state.
In a statement signed by Comrade Festus Alenkhe and Comrde Andy Egbon, Chairman and Secretary of the council respectively, the union said the charge became necessary in order to ensure professionalism in the handling of media related matters in the grassroots government.
The union noted that there is need to depart from the old order where things were done without recourse to professionalism, a development, the union added, was counter-productive.
The old order, the NUJ noted has failed to yield the desired result.
The statement further said, the engagement of professional journalists into the local government media team will boost the publicity of such local government administration.