Ogun State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Chief Dayo Adeneye has urged the media to dwell more on issue that would unite the country, as well as champion the call for restructuring and true federalism, without forgoing its roles and responsibilities.
Adeneye who stated this while declaring open a seminar with the theme: “Role of the Media in Nation Building”, organised by Kashogi Media, in Abeokuta, said that as media practitioners, much is expected of them to keep Nigeria one, especially now that hate speeches and fake news seems to be taking prominence in the media.
Represented by the Director of Planning, Research and Statistics, Ministry of Information and Strategy, Mr. Waheed Adesina, the Commissioner said it was imperative for the media to always give national security a pride of place, in the course of carrying out its responsibilities, nothing that the Rwandan genocide, which claimed over 800,000 lives, started because of the carelessness of the media in broadcasting hate speeches.
The Commissioner said that, “if the media were to be unbiased, balance, objective and truthful in their reports, we all, would have an orderly and relatively peaceful society, that is devoid of nepotism, arson and mismanagement”.
“In Ogun State, the media has been a worthy partner in keeping our people, both within and outside, adequately informed about the accomplishments of the Senator Ibikunle Amosun led administration, as espoused under the ‘Mission to Rebuild’. Otherwise, our compatriots living in others parts of the country and indeed, in the diaspora, would not have had the faintest idea of the giants strides of the Administration, which is transforming the outlook of the Gateway state”, Adeneye stated.
Earlier in his remark, representative of the Convener, Mr. Yemi Johnson, said the project ‘’build the nation”, was a discussion platform, designed to promote the all-round development of Nigeria, through engaging and thought provoking topics, to positively inspire Nigeria citizens.
According to Johnson, “Nation building is the responsibility of every citizen of a country, male or female, great or small, young or old. The totality of the contributions of the vast beautiful people of Nigeria coming from rich diverse cultural backgrounds is what will develop Nigeria”.
The guest speaker, from the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Mrs. Abosede Williams, said the media should at all-time promote national interest, unity and cohesion and it should not be used to offend the religious sensibilities or promote ethnicity, sectionalism, hatred and disaffection among the people of Nigeria.
Williams said that Mass media messages must be mediated by trained intermediaries, referred to as gatekeepers, adding that materials likely to bring about disunity, insightful or encourage crime, must be disregarded.
Also speaking at the event, the State Director, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr. Sola Babalola, represented by his Deputy, Mr Wale Idowu, said that the media must jettisoned every unwarranted news sensationalism and stay away from insightful, bias and other indices of story writings, that promote violence, hate and fear, for mere commercial gains.
In his submission, former Police Public Relation Officer in Ogun State, DSP Muyiwa Adejobi, while charging the media to be objective, and report event the way it should be, said that, as Media practitioners, “whatever you want to write on, try and get confirmation and accurate information so that you won’t misinform the public.