Mr Ima Niboro on Friday assumed duty as the new Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), with a call on the agency to ensure objectivity and balance in its reportage of events within and outside the country.
Niboro, who was received at the agency’s headquarters in Abuja by the Chairman of NAN board, Alhaji Ibrahim Buba and other management staff, described the role of the agency’s editorial department as critical to moving NAN forward.
It will be recalled that President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday appointed Niboro as the new Managing Director of NAN.
He replaces Mrs Remi Oyo whose tenure expired in 2013.
Niboro urged reporters of the agency to always reports facts and get the views of all sides.
“It is very important to play by the golden rule by reporting facts.
“A story may have many sides but no story has one side, so ensure that you get the views of everyone to balance sides.’’
He assured on his commitment to build on the already existing status quo to move the agency forward.
In his remarks, Buba urged the new NAN MD to use his new appointment to contribute towards addressing the various challenges confronting the country.
“We must consider such opportunity as a time to contribute to the Nigerian project.
“Nigeria is at a time our job is needed most.
“Every nation has one challenge or the other; so, a way to reduce the challenges is effective journalism that will be allowed to operate freely and in a fair manner.’’
Buba also urged Niboro to improve the agency’s infrastructure to guarantee good working environment needed for efficient services.
He said that paucity of funds posed threat to the agency’s efforts at achieving its mandate.
Buba called for collaboration between the agency’s management and the stakeholders to ensure swift and successful operations of NAN.
He decried the absence of NAN correspondents in major global locations where events needed media attention.
He, however, tasked staff of the agency to accord Niboro the needed cooperation to foster harmonious working relationship, adding that humility, loyalty and commitment were vital for efficient service delivery.
Niboro was former Special Adviser on Media to President Jonathan