2023: Taraba correspondents’ chapel aims Candidates’ savvy, launches maiden media parley
The Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Taraba state Council, has launched a maiden platform for media engagement with candidates of various political parties contesting various positions in the state.
A press release signed by the General Secretary of the chapel, Femi Bolaji and issued to journalists in Jalingo the state capital, the chapel stated that the development was aimed at creating an avenue where Candidates contesting for various positions in the State would reel out their savvy and plans for their various constituencies if elected.
The release indicated that aside political Candidates, political stakeholders and civil society Organisations would also be engaged to sensitize Tarabans on the new electoral law and how democracy would be deepened.
It noted that Religious and traditional Institution as well as Security agencies in the state, especially the Police, would not be left out in the engagement.
Part of the release reads; “we shall be interfacing with the Candidates to reel out their plans for their various constituencies if elected.
“There would also be a special feature of a mini press interaction for guests after every engagement with the 33 members of the union who represents various national and international media (Electronic and Print ) organisations for more media visibility.
“Accordingly, a dedicated Facebook page, “Taraba Correspondents’ Chapel Media Parley The Road to 2023” has been put up by the union to kickstart the engagement which would be live streamed for public consumption”.
It further noted that Political parties that may also have a chance to feature on the platform to sell their party and candidates to voters in Taraba State before the elections.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Chapel, Gabriel Yough of the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, had earlier stated that the initiative was the chapel’s modest contribution to their host State.
He enjoined residents of Taraba state to follow the process to the later in order to make an informed decision about their future in 2023, even as he encouraged Candidates of all political parties for Governorship, Senate, House of Representatives and Various State Constituencies to take advantage of the forum.
Also, Chairman, Organising Committee of the Media Parley, Alhaji. Saidu Sadiq Adamu, who is an editor with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, says the forum would not be a platform to settle political scores, but one where politicians would tell citizens of Taraba state what they would do to better their lives if voted into power.
He added that the aim of the media engagement was to promote issue based campaign devoid of bitterness and strife among the various political actors in the state.