Media urged to sustain professional ethics

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Abuja –  Malam Habib Jato, the Chief Officer and Director, National Library of Nigeria, has urged practitioners to sustain ethics, to engender societal reform.

A issued in Abuja on Wednesday by Mr Musa Saleh, the spokesman of the organisation, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said that Jato gave the advice at the 7th Northern Zonal Book held recently in Kano.

He said that the could be used to destroy a , if the opposition got the opportunity to use it as a propaganda weapon.

Conversely, he said It could also be used to develop a , if the applied ethics.

“The media can be used to destroy or develop a ; it all depends on how it is being utilised.”

He said that without a vibrant media, no nation could attain the desired level of .

Jato, therefore, advised media practitioners to also enlighten the on the importance of reading and research.

He urged authors and publishers to intensify efforts at publishing and distributing books to the , adding that such books should be made affordable and accessible.

In his remarks, the Coordinator, Northern Zonal Book Trust, Malam Sanusi Nasarawa, blamed in societies to the lack of a reading culture.

Nasarawa said that Nigerians be enlightened and encouraged to imbibe the reading culture, in order to bring about to the nation.

The theme of the held at West University City Campus, Kano, “The Role of Media in Book Development.’’