Media Summit: Stakeholders Task Journalists On Professionalism

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BY SUNNY A. DAVID

Given the challenges facing the Nigerian state in her bid to
achieve a strong democratic process, a responsive media that supports critical issues that promote good governance has been advocated as a catalyst for an
effective socio-political development in the country.

That was the talk point at the 2019 Media Summit and Awards of the Nigeria Union of Journalist, NUJ, Anambra State Council, held at the Godwin Ezemo Press Center, Awka.

Our correspondent reports that the 2019 Media Summit of the Anambra State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists is the third in its series, and makes the council the first in Nigeria to hold the summit for such period.

The theme for this year’s summit “Media, Legislature and the
Democratic Process,” had resource persons from different vocational
backgrounds, who made lucid insights on daunting tasks confronting the Nigerian media industry in promoting democratic principles.

The Chairman of the occasion, Chief Ifeatu-Obi Okoye, in his opening remark, noted that the summit was an opportunity for a serious discourse on the import of the media as the agenda -setters of any society, and charged the council to continue to hold such important fora, given the importance of journalism
in the development of any society.

A Business Executive and Public Affairs Commentator, Dr. Obiorah
Okonkwo, who was the summit’s keynote speaker, and whose topic was centred on “Media, Democratic Governance and Development in Nigeria”.

He called for a change in the old journalism mindset that attacks
policies without providing corrective measures to National problems, adding that the Nigerian media must understand their responsibilities in the drive to achieve National Goals.

A Professor of Mass Communication and former Commissioner for Information and Culture in Anambra State, Prof. Mrs. Stella Okunna, who decried the inability of Nigeria to attain the 2015 deadline of the Millennium Development Goals, MDGs.

She said that the press must understand its inalienable power to shape any society, through professional and efficient approach to information dissemination,
adding that journalists must be knowledgeable of their work timeline to be able to make good critique of legislative works.

In his address, the Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ,
Anambra State Council, Comrade Emmanuel Ifesinachi, said that media summit was conceived as a platform to cross fertilize ideas that would advance good governance and mass reorientation, where stakeholders provide insights into the best legislative pattern that drives effective development.

The 2019 Media Summit and Awards of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Anambra State Council had pressmen from different organizations in
Anambra State, the academics, representatives of the Nigeria Police, Nigeria Prisons Service, Federal Road Safety Corps, Anambra State chapter of Ohaneze Ndigbo, and government functionaries.

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