By Bose Adelaja
As Nigeria prepares in direction of the 2019 common elections, Lagos State Government has admonished Community Media Practitioners to be factual of their reportage reasonably than do in any other case.
Speaking in Lagos, at a two-day workshop for Community Media Practitioners, the Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs Honourable Muslim Folami suggested the Practitioners to be upright within the discharge of their duties.
Furthering, he suggested that they need to tilt to the grassroots reasonably than go for mediocrity in order to not garbage their profession.
He cautioned that they need to not enable financial gains to derail their sense of reportage in addition to their integrity within the occupation. He stated, ‘’report objectively and don’t be partisan. Be factual and don’t enable financial gains to kill your integrity/probity. Please, be alive in your work and do it nicely,’’
The occasion with theme: ‘’Strategic Communication: A software for media networking and neighborhood relations’’.
was powered by Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode attracted a complete of 160 Journalists drawn from each print and digital media.
Present on the event had been prime government functionaries and varied curiosity teams like Alhaji Monzor Olowosago, the Patron Association of Community Media Practitioners and Publisher ‘’Oriwu Sun’’ newspaper, Hon. Akeem Omoyele Sulaimon Special Adviser to the Governor on Communities and Communications, Mr. Dayo Akintobi President, Association of Practitioners of Community Media (APCOM) and Professor Alaba Adenuga of Faculty of Education, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State.
In his keynote deal with, Sulaimon urged practitioners to hitch palms within the fight against bearing false info particularly on social media.
The Special Adviser decried the negative impact of false info pledged the practitioners to rise against the development. In his phrases, “Let us seize the chance to ruminate on the negative impact of pretend information unfold on the social media in our communities as this will result in chaos, thus, inflicting disaffection within the nation,” he stated.
According to him, by way of neighborhood media, the residents skilled inter-cultural dynamics in addition to having the ability to attain out to members of the communities and share related info and information gadgets.
He stated neighborhood media helped in elevating consciousness of communities to guard and defend the rights of victims inside their area.
In the identical vein, the Publisher of Oriwu Sun newspaper, Alhaji Monzur Olowosago, highlighted the relevance of Community Media to the society.
While commending the State government for its effort within the sector, he urged individuals to tell apart themselves and to be devoid of quackery.
He revealed that over 80,000 Community Media are at present are operational and stated that it should have risen past this within the close to future.
Olowosago suggested practitioners to not enable themselves be utilized by some self centered people particularly at this time limit.
In his deal with titled ‘’Strategies for human relations administrative communications for communal development and improvement’’, Professor Adenuga urged practitioners to all the time make clear and authenticate their reportage.