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A renowned media practitioner cum Real Estate czar, Omoluabi Victor Eniola Mark, has advocated that media licensing Practitioners in Nigeria should be licensed with a view to ending quackery in the profession.
Mark said this while receiving an ’outstanding hero award’ from Radio Nigeria zonal network in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
Mark, who was honoured for his “outstanding contribution to the media profession”, noted that journalism is a noble profession that should be guarded jealously.
After the presentation of the award, at Amuludun 99.1FM on a programme tagged ‘Eni Ayesi’, Mark
recounted his ordeals in the profession, adding that “anyone who suffers to learn his profession or trade will not want it toiled with for any reason.”
“Professionals who suffered to grow and as well practice a profession or trade will not wish it taken over by quacks. I toiled to be a better person in this profession and I won’t be happy if it is taken over by quacks”.
In a bid to restructure the press, Mark warned that politicians should not be given the opportunity to infiltrate the profession.
“The restructuring and face lift of the profession should not be handed over to our politicians, else they might infiltrate the profession and take away the pride of the system.
“Insecurity in the country and other vices will be drastically reduced if journalists are licensed because by doing that, the quacks amongst them, who are behind fake news will be edged out of the profession automatically.” he said.
While explaining his idea of how best licensing for journalists can be executed in the country, Mark noted that the license should be a tripartite license whereby an individual’s higher institution, the National Assembly and Nigeria Press Council will be involved and as well certify such individual at different stages.
“For an effective license, the National Assembly will be involved for the legislation while the individuals institution will as well be involved and the Nigeria Press Council.
“For me, the way to go is that the National Assembly should first pass a bill that makes that a law that every journalist in the must get a license from Nigeria Press Council which will be pass to practice in the country.
“Meanwhile, before you can approach the NPC, you must have been given a first stage of license from your instruction which you will submit to NPC for further screening, if it is satisfied good, you will be issued with a provisional license that the carrier will use for three years, if he did not not violate any of the professional conduct during the cause of that provisional years, he can then be issued with a license with which he will be practicing in Nigeria.
“But that license should be guided by the ethics of the profession as it should be made withdraw-able if its carrier refuses to uphold the ethics of the profession at any point.
“But in all, every licensed journalist must have a place of work which can be held responsible for a professional’s action and inactions”.