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At SLAJ TGM 2022… MMTU Vice-Chancellor Exalts The Media for its Contribution to the Socio-Economic Development Of The Country.

Milton Margai Technical University Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Dr Philip John Kanu (Associate Professor) applauded media owners and practitioners on Friday, 17th June 2022, for their contributions to the country’s Socio-Economic Development.

He made this statement at the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) Triennial General Meeting (TGM) 2022, at the UNIMAK Auditorium in Makeni.

An invitation to grace the occasion due to his contribution to the media fraternity in the country, Dr Kanu expressed gratitude for such an invitation and underscored that the media played a key role, from the inception of the transformative drive of Milton Margai to where it was currently as a Technical University, a status that everyone now wanted to associate themselves with, he noted.

“I have always believed that journalists only have one niche of writing/reporting news/stories, but after listening to the presentation of awards for best reportage on education, health, investigative, agriculture, human right, politics, economy, gender and many more, this has just revealed the indelible contribution of this great profession to the development of this country.” Dr Kanu acknowledged.

He furthered that, for the development of any nation, media always played a central role, through informing the different publics about happenings, educating and entertaining as part of its role, he said.

“It will be a dishonesty if your effort is not recognised, the acknowledgement of the media by the central government shows a clear indication that you are indeed the fourth arm of government in this country, the media of today has an all-encompassing responsibility to combat the injustice, oppression, wrongdoing, and bias of our society as the fourth pillar of democracy with the judiciary, executive, and legislature,” he asserted.

Dr Kanu, noted that the media society in the country has been refined, adding that, the profession now had Doctorate and Masters’s holders in media studies, a clear example that Journalism was not what it used to be.

He implored the media to continue doing a good job as their work was contributing immensely to the advancement of the country.

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