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The Corps Commander, Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), Commander ‘Seni Ogunyemi has enjoined online media practitioners in Nigeria to be objective and accurate in their news reportage.
Commander Ogunyemi noted that if only online journalists can be truthful and responsible in their news reports, the country would be a safe haven for all and sundry.
The TRACE commander stated this on Monday while playing host to executive members, Online Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria (OMPAN), Ogun State chapter, at the corps headquarters in Abeokuta, the state capital.
Ogunyemi, who was represented by the Deputy Corps Commander, Shola Bamidele, said inaccurate accident reports on social media have unsettled many Nigerians and caused confusion in the country.
He added that misrepresentation of fact of accident reports have created fear and panic among road users and members of the public.
He therefore seek for synergy between the traffic agency and online journalists on adequate alert of road crashes which he said would safe many victims of road crashes.
“Your coming is very timely because we have considered online media practitioners association faceless group of people who hide under the use of social media.
“we are confused about the operations of online journalism because everybody is now photojournalist, everybody is now reporter, we cannot differentiate between the professionals and the quacks. Your association should put in place control mechanism to checkmate the quackery in the profession.
“On many occasions we have received fake news online as regard road accident in the state, but after findings we discovered that, the reported incident had occurred months ago. This kind of reportage has caused panic and confusion among road users. You need to sensitize your members on the need to be responsible and accurate in their report”.
The TRACE boss therefore called on individual and corporate organizations to assist the agency with modern equipments to aid their operations.
Commander Ogunyemi maintained that though, the state government is trying its best meeting up with the needs of the agency, calling on well meaning indigenes of the state to support with modern equipments.
He said the corps has recorded tremendous achievements in most areas of its statutory functions.
He highlighted identification of black spots and recommendations for appropriate solutions; establishments of additional 23 divisional area commands, providing educational programmes for the young road users through “TRACE CLUB” and prompt rescue services to crash victims as parts of achievements of the agency.
He however pointed out that, the corps is still in need of about 1,500 personnel to confront the challenges of short staff across the state’s entire 57 Local government areas and LCDAs.
Speaking earlier, Ogun OMPAN Chairman, Comrade Kayode Akin-Samuel assured TRACE Corps of the association’s support and synergy to promote the traffic agency in the state.
Akin-Samuel said the association will put in place measure to checkmate quackery in the profession.