By: Joy Odor/Abuja
The Catholic Media Practitioners of Nigeria (CAMPAN) has lamented on the need for the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigerian (CBCN) to post Priest that have passion for Communication to head the department at the diocesan level.
The CAMPAN National President, Mr. Patrick Osu gave the lamentation in his welcome address at the opening ceremony of the 3rd Catholic Media Practitioners of Nigeria (CAMPAN) National Convention with the Theme: The New Media and Evangelization in Nigeria “A Reflection” at Sacred Heart Pastoral Centre, Jos on 25th of September 2019 North-West, Nigeria.
The CAMPAN National President was of the opinion that if the advice would be followed by the Catholic Bishops, it would bring out their creativity and help the department and the church to grow.
According to him, the Bishops should also encourage such Priest to embark on various local and foreign training’s to keep them abreast of developments within the communication world.
“I want to appeal to the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) through the CBCN Bishop Chairman for Communication to consider posting priests that have special passion for communication to head the department at the diocesan level.
“Also they should encourage such priests to on various local and foreign training to keep them abreast of development within the communication world. Such will bring out their creativity and help the department and the church to grow.
“Various authorities in the church must come together to support the work of the media towards achieving the propagation of Christ. This the Catholic Church can do by setting the pace through the sustenance of the existing networks in communication” the President stressed.
Mr. Osu urged the Catholic Media Practitioners to be mindful of what the post on whatsapp platform so as it will not reflect what it called to promote as they strive to be authentic the message put across to the society
“We must imbibe discipline, sincerity of purpose, hard work and promotion of peace and harmony among the people. This also brings to mind especially the social media network, whose activities have gone virile and looks bright in properly and positively used.
“Media is an expensive enterprise, despite the role it plays in modeling and building the society. It is always fragmented and poorly funded but we should realize that funding creates incentives for supporting effectiveness, sustainability and innovation” He said.
CAMPAN National President therefore expressed appreciation to all participants for their support.