Thursday, October 10, 2019 6:54 pm
A lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication in the University Benin (UNIBEN), Dr. Daniel Ekhearofe, has on called for an amend to the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) rules regulating broadcast stations to accommodate social media content in their operations.
This is even as he said that government can use social media to galvanise public support, instead of placing restrictions on social media contents being used by broadcast stations.
He made the call on Thursday, in Benin, while delivering a lecture titled: “Social Media: Content Platform For Journalism And Good Governance,” at the 2019 press week organised by the Edo Broadcasting Service Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
Ekhearofe who said that the society “would become a better place when government gives people opportunity to express themselves freely,” added that freedom of speech was critical to national development.
“Government can use the social media to galvanise public support instead of placing restrictions on social media contents being used by broadcast stations,” he said.
Ekhearofe urged journalists in broadcast stations to take advantage of the social media to disseminate information to the public.
Earlier, the Chairman of the event and Prelate of the Benin United Baptist Church, Appostle Osama Usunalele, described the media as critical to the survival of Nigeria’s democracy.
He however advised the media to be careful with the contents they put out to the public, and always ensure that they are balanced and objective.
Usunalele called on the State Government to upgrade the Edo Broadcasting Service in terms of equipment, to meet with the digital age.
Also speaking, the Acting General Manager of EBS, Mr. Ransley Abu-Osagie, harped on the need for media practitioners to strive for improvement by on-the-job training, to meet up with the digital broadcasting.
On his part, Chairman of the EBS Chapel, Mr. Oliver Ijiogbe, said the Press Week was to take a retrospective look at the performance of the media and to fashion ways for better performance.