Former Rivers State Commissioner of Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim, has unveiled a non-profit organisation, De Gratia Centre for Media Rights and Education, a global brand aimed at offering qualitative training in media practice.
Addressing a media conference at the Ernest Ikoli Press Centre of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Port Harcourt, Nsirim said the organisation is also to serve as a fountain for ethical research and training.
“It is expected that the grooming of thorough bred professionals will change the face of media practice across the country and beyond. Our mission also is to raise an army of media professionals who will set the bar of objectivity and fairness in media practice. “We shall use our professional competence to promote high ethical standards in media practice in Nigeria and beyond.”
Nsirim unveils centre for media rights, education in Port Harcourt
He said De Gratia Centre for Media Rights and Education is a not-for-profit organisation that would be open to individuals with relevant journalism qualifications and experience.
“Membership shall be open to such journalists irrespective of sex, ethnic, political and religious creed. The Board of Trustees shall have the right to approve membership applications after review,” he said.
He reeled out procedure for the enrollment, membership rights and privileges, annual dues and levies and disciplinary measures of the organisation.
“De Gratia Centre for Media Rights and Education shall seek partnership with corporate organisations, philanthropic bodies, media organisations and well meaning individuals to ensure that funding of its activities will not suffer a setback.”
He said the vision had been on the drawing board for the past 10 years.
“We therefore call on all men of goodwill to embrace this noble vision, as accountable stewardship will be our watchword,” he said.
Nsirim began his career as a cub reporter with the print media and rose to the pinnacle as the Commissioner of Information and Communications in Rivers State.