The Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company, KRPC is holding its 7th annual workshop for Media Practitioners.
The Executive Director Services, of KRPCDr. Abdullahi Idris says the mass media has been identified as a crucial pillar of public’s human right.
He explained that the mass media was without a doubt, a vital tool to a functioning democracy and in the quest for good governance.
Speaking on the workshop that is holding in Kano State, Idris said it was an avenue for the reinvigoration and strengthening of the strong relationship between the KRPC and the journalist.
“This workshop has over the years contributed to enhancing the capacity of the medía to effectively and efficiently report the transformations in the NNPC that will benefit the citizens.
“It is therefore only fitting that a good working relationship exists between the oil and gas sector and the media if both are to adequately fulfil their mandates,” he explained.
He said, it was expected that the workshop would improve on serving news that contributes to the critical thinking among the public, as well as harness the pivotal role of media practitioners in effectively communicating activities and inner workings of KRPC/NNPC.
According to the Executive Director Services, while the workshop serves as a platform of looking at constraints that can impact on media activities and threaten the integrity of the systems, It will also be a guide in knowing how to fare in the light of the challenges.
He said the theme “Media Laws, Ethics and Challenges of Hate Speech in Nigeria” was carefully selected to beam searchlight, especially on the phenomenon of hate speech that was so much in the agenda of National discourse at this time.
Meet International Standards
Meanwhile, in a paper presentation, the Dean, Faculty of Communication, Bayero University Kano, Professor Umar Pate encouraged all conventional media to orient their individual medium with digital media platforms so as to meet international standards.
He said the digital media was trying to overtake conventional media that are yet to have online platforms.
“These days, people get information on their phones more quickly and conveniently than listening to radios, watching televisions or even reading newspapers. The followership on social media is so large, hence, the need for all conventional media to brace up and meet standards,” the Dean said.
According to the Professor, even the Universities these days are trying to get digitalised in order to make future grandaunts relevant in the labor market.
Upgrade Standard of Reportage
Pate therefore urged all media practitioners to upgrade their standard of reportage as they have better opportunities to report accurately and promptly as well.
Also, a former NUJ Chairman, Garba Muhammed who presented a paper on hate speech mentioned that, the bill on death penalty for hate speech by the Senate was not appropriate, saying, such bills should be recommended for corrupt leaders and criminals instead.
He called on the legislators to review most of the laws so that defaulters of hate speech and many other crimes could be punished accordingly.