High cost of gas: Commissioner tasks journalists to query activities of IOCs

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Commissioner for Information and Strategy in Akwa Ibom State, Ini Ememobong has called on media practitioners to turn their focus on the international oil companies operating in the country to devise means of averting continuous increase in the price of domestic gas.

Ememobong made the call during a training for journalists in the South-South and Southeast regions in Uyo.

He said for several years the international oil companies have allowed gas to flare endlessly without minding the staggering costs and impacts.

He urged journalists and other media practitioners to dig into the reasons why the situation has persisted for many decades.

Ememobong said “the gas flared over the years in the South-South part of Nigeria can be converted to greater domestic use, so that the price can be made affordable.

“I urge the media to also dig into the activities of these IOCs”, he said.

He advocated the teaching of patriotic reportage to journalists not to engage too much on negative developments.

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He said in many countries there are negative news but the mass media in such developed countries do not always report them in order not to paint them in a bad light.

“Patriotic reportage will help us identify what reports we should dwell on in to attract investors and not to create fears and send investors abandoning the country, or create disunity and conflicts.”

Chairman of Daily Trust Foundation, Mallam Mannir Dan Ali said journalists need constant training to update them on modern trends and how to apply them.

He said journalists must keep improving themselves through modern training in multimedia to be relevant and sought-after.

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