Community Media practitioners in Lagos State and Nigeria at large (have) been charged to continually disseminate factual and objective reporting aimed at developing communities across the state by the Lagos State government.
Speaking through his Special Adviser on Communities and Communications, Hon. Akeem Omoyele Sulaimon, Governor Ambode gave the charge while delivering his keynote address during the 2-day workshop for community media practitioners in the state with the theme; Strategic Communication: A Tool for Media Networking and Community Relations for community media practitioners organised by Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs which held Oriental Hotels, Victoria Island, Lagos.
According to him, community media practitioners through their platforms wield enormous influence and directly impact their immediate surroundings through their reporting.
Hon. Sulaimon who expressed his pleasure the level of attendance and involvement of media practitioners in the workshop appreciated Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for his unrivalled support in building the capacities of media practitioners for the development of communities across the state.
In his words; “Governor Akinwunmi Ambode since he came into office has shown clearly his support for community and media practitioners by consistently putting in place measures for the practice to thrive. Aside the regular trainings, the government has supported media practitioners in many ways because we believe community media is the link between the government and the communities they represent.”
He continued saying; “It is critical for community media practitioners to be fair, objective and factual in their news reporting to promote community growth and the development they seek in such communities. When practitioners understand the enormous influence they have with through their platforms and set out to add integrity and objectivity to their reports, such people can be the drivers of the much needed change in their areas of coverage.”
He concluded saying the government will continue to support community media practitioners in its quest to bring total development to all sectors of the state
Also speaking at the event, the Lagos State Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Hon Muslim Folami said that the workshop was sponsored by the government to enhance the scope of media practitioners in their field of practice.
“This workshop was put together by the government to enhance your scope in your field. This is because we have a government that is sensitive and responsive to the yearnings of the people; the government that believes in the inclusion of all. As I am talking to you this afternoon we are having over 4,000 Community Development Associations (CDAs) in Lagos State. When we came on-board we have just 2000 CDAs but now we have over 4,000 CDAs.
“My advice to you distinguished practitioners is that I see you as the life of our various communities in Lagos State. Your platform keeps us updated on the happenings and activities in various communities of Lagos State. I plead that you be factual in what you report always.”
In his remarks at the event, the Patron of the Association of Practitioners of Community Media in Nigeria (APCOM) who also doubles as the publisher of Oriwu Sun, Alhaji Monzor Olowosago in the goodwill message appreciated the State government for the contributions towards the growth of community media in the state.
He urged all participants in the workshop to use their platforms to propagate the ideals of the government and also help promote communal growth.
Also speaking, the President Association of Practitioners of Community Media in Nigeria (APCOM) and Publisher of Ilupeju Today Newspaper, Mr, Dayo Akintobi thanked the state government and the Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs for putting together the engaging 2-day workshop with support from the association.