Daily Facts Newspaper unveiled in Owerri
Journalists, vendors, academics and the general public gathered at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) House, Owerri last week to witness the unveiling of a new tabloid- the Daily Facts Newspaper.
In his opening remarks, the Chairman of the occasion, Professor Charles Okoroafor urged the audience in particular and the public in general to brace up and fasten their seat belts as the newspaper hit the news stands with speed of light and with facts and interesting features. “We want to bring to life what has been hidden. We want the people of Owerri, Nigerians and the globe to know about it. We are about to take off so everyone should fasten their seat belts”, he said.
In his speech, Ezenwata Amaeshi, the Editor-in-Chief of the newspaper, remarked that the paper is for advocacy; anchored on fair and balanced reportage.
“We have a team of seasoned journalists, our motto is fair and balanced reportage. We have vision to be a leading, respected and reliable media organization that educate and inform the public in line with the standard ethics of the journalism profession. We have started in Owerri, but will advance to the south east, south south and the rest of Nigeria. We have come out to advance the face of journalism. Now, you all here are our partners- the vendors, fellow journalists and guests. For now, we shall be coming out every Monday. And by January we shall come out trice in a week; and by July next year, we shall go daily”, he said.
Reviewing the newspaper, Sir Innocent Igwe, Chairman NUJ, Imo State chapter, highlighted the sterling qualities and features of the newspaper and praised the management for their ingenuity and courage.
“The Daily Facts Newspapers captures everything a newspaper should have and qualifies as a standard tabloid. It carries advertorial which is a source of sustainability. It has editorial, opinion, family affairs , religion and some other stories, congratulations and the back page”.
Continuing, he remarked thus: “It has a motto: Fair and balanced reportage. It is a complete newspapers with a verifiable address and date of publication. It has 16 pages, some of which captures the mood of the nation. I recommend that it is qualified to be read by every one.
I salute the paper for having courage to come out at this time of economic hardship. On behalf of the NUJ Imo state we wish to congratulations”, he said.
He however urged the newspaper not to deviate from the ethics of the profession; warning that when ever the paper begins to deviate from ethical standards and code of the journalism profession, the NUJ shall not hesitate to sanction the paper.
Also speaking, Kelechi Eke, Media Aid to Senator Sam Daddy Anyanwu. Congratulated the management of newspaper which has come out to advance journalism in the state. He remarked that his principal, Senator Sam Daddy Anyanwu, had always identified with journalists in the state. He remarked that through out his principal’s 8 years in the House of Assembly he was active in the journalism profession. “The political career of Sam Daddy will not be complete without the Journalists in Imo. We could recall that when he was suspended back then as the chairman, Ikeduru local government council, most journalists kept writing until he was reinstated”, he said.
Professor Benard-Thompson Ikegbuoha, consultant Daily Facts Newspapers, in a closing remarks thanked all who graced the occasion. The visibly elated professor enthused: “I lack words to express sincere gratitude for all of us who came out today. I thank the staff and management of the newspaper, you people are just too good. To the members of the high table, thank you. In a distinguished way, I thank the staff and students of Imo State University. You are the reason I stand”, he said.