AKWA IBOM BROADCASTING CORPORATION (AKBC)
The attention of the management and staff of Akwa Ibom Broadcasting Corporation has been drawn to a report published in some newspapers and the internet and aired in some radio stations that the former AKBC Government House Correspondent, Samuel Ayara, was removed from the beat because of ethnic sentiments by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Ekerete Udoh.
A statement issued today by the Corporation’s Public Relations Officer, Mrs Mercy David disowned the report in its entirety and stated that it withdrew Mr Ayara from the beat for purely administrative reasons.
“It should be noted that throughout the election period, a most sensitive period, Mr Samuel Ayara, was our Government House correspondent and he discharged his duties creditably and competently. If ethnic sentiments did not become a factor then, there is no way it could be a factor now.” The statement said.
According to the statement, “the Chief Press Secretary, Mr Ekerete Udoh, has never referenced ethnicity or tribalism in his liaisons with AKBC and he is a man whose antecedents do not lend themselves to such unwholesome and unfair accusations. AKBC on its part does not conduct its affairs based on such primordial considerations as we believe that we should shine the light of ethnic harmony and love for our dear state.”
The statement added that “Mr Ayara was recalled to manage our I-Report desk because of his vast knowledge of ICT which was put to effective use during the campaigns. We urge journalists to avoid sensational reporting particularly of issues they are not conversant with. They should not peddle lies and falsehood and fan the embers of ethnicity and tribalism at the expense of the reputation of good men and respected institutions.
We remain committed to providing the Government of His Excellency, Mr Udom Emmanuel, the best possible coverage of its transformational activities. We remain steadfast to our core values that the collective interest of Akwa Ibom State should supersede every other interest and consideration.
God bless Akwa Ibom State.”
In the meantime, AKBC has announced one of her celebrated reporters, Mrs Uduak Ekong, who is the current State Chairman of the National Association of Women Journalists as the new Government House Correspondent.