The Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan has pledged the State Government’s support and cooperation for Community Media in recognition of their role in history.
Speaking at an interactive session with the publishers of Community Newspapers in his office, Bamigbetan underscored the importance of Community Media in information management, explaining that from inception, they always provided relevant information and have a longer lifespan as they can be read at any time thereby very essential in passing information to the grassroots.
He stated that the support for Community Media by the current administration in the State was in line with the policy of the government of inclusion, stressing that the Ambode administration has continually used community-driven policies as its competitive edge in governance.
He tasked the publishers to take advantage of the huge population of the State and improve their production, while not sidetracking high ethical standards and training for operators.
“Community Media is even more relevant now that some of them have gone online thus making their information global. Operators of the platforms should develop their entrepreneurial skills, which if well developed, could lead to having a community newspaper at least 500,000 copies per day,” Bamigbetan said.
Speaking further, the Commissioner urged the operators to get acquainted with the laudable projects of the State Government and communicate this effectively to their readers. He stressed that the policy thrust and the vision must be well understood by the residents for a better appreciation of government projects and programmes.
Commenting on the heaps of refuse evident on some streets of Lagos, the Commissioner stated that the government has put in place a clear vision to improve waste management, emphasizing that Lagosians will begin to enjoy the well-packaged waste management measures being rolled out by the State very soon.