By Olusegun Folarin

A university lecturer, Dr Ayo Odetoyinbo wants media professionals to exercise restraints in the coverage and reportage of the Presidential and National Assembly elections

Dr Odetoyinbo made the call during a seminar put together by the State Council of Radio Television, Theatres and Arts Workers Union, RATTAWU, held at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta.

Speaking on “credible election coverage: a panacea to a peaceful political transition”, the guest lecturer described the role of media professionals as crucial to achieving good governance.

Dr Odetoyinbo, who implored media practitioners to be security conscious in the coverage of the general elections, also appealed to them to be objective and diplomatic in their reportage.

Also, the Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress, Ogun State, Mr Emmanuel Bankole described media as an important arm in achieving a successful election.

Mr Bankole commended the efforts of the leadership of RATTAWU in Ogun state for organising the seminar to educate members on effective election coverage.

Earlier, RATTAWU Chairman, Mr Idowu Rotimi had explained that the seminar which he described as the first of its kind, was organised to educate members on the need to be conscious in their reportage.

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