Journalists must rise up as stakeholders in the governance by initiating productive national engagement to solve the current economic challenges.
Media Executive and a former Presidential spokesman, Mr. Olusegun Adeniyi stated this at Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ, Lagos Chapter, Public Lecture held in Ikeja, Lagos.
According to Mr.Adeniyi, it was important for newsmen to continue to research and debate practical solutions to insecurity and other issues in the country.
“Manning road blocks, combatting banditry, as well as providing security for the conduct of elections are not challenges resolved by soldiers, but primarily in the purview of the Police” Mr. Adeniyi said.
He called on the national security architecture to employ new tactics to combating insecurity.
Contributing, Veteran and Mass Communication Don from the University of Lagos, Professor Ralph Akinfeleye in a remark said government must ensure it acquired the trust of the populace..
Professor Akinfeleye who was the Chairman of the Occassion appealed to media regulators not to over-regulate the system, so as not to destroy the industry.
Professor Akinfeleye added that “Government need to be educated about the role of the mass media, so they can remain as the trustee of public trust”
Earlier, Chairman of Lagos Chapter of NUJ, Mr. Adeleye Ajayi in a welcome address stated that government must manage the diversity of the nation,in order to navigate its way back to sustained development.
“Insecurity remains the major issue in the country, and conversation must be on to tackle the issue’ he said
Panelists at the public lecture, which is part of activities marking NUJ Lagos Press Week called for decentralized system of policing.
Speaking on the the of the event, “Nigeria and Nation Building: Overcoming the Challenges of Security, Restructuring and Self Determination for Progressive Development” the panelists urged government to ensure fairness in policy decisions.
The panelists includes a former Special Assistant to the President on Public Relations, Dr. Olusanya Awosan and Provost, Nigeria Institute of Journalist, Dr. Jide Johnson