Nigeria possesses potentials to tackle challenges

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…challenges media to be agent of sustainable development

Sekinat Salam-Opebiyi, Abeokuta

Nigeria, despite being stressed by numerous challenges facing it, it possesses potentials to solve all the problems and come out clean.

The former Director-General of Voice of Nigeria, Taiwo Alimi stated this at the 6th Annual Conference of Association of Communication Scholars and Professionals of Nigeria in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

With the theme of the conference: “National Interest, Freedom of Expression and Governance in Africa,” Alimi listed some of the problems to includes, high rate of crime, insecurity and political tension among others.

Survival of the country
The former Director General of VON said only responsive, responsible and caring leadership could give every component unit of the federation, a sense of belonging

He said this would ensure that all and sundry have a stake in the survival of the country.

 “Our profound strength lies in the fact that Nigeria abundantly possess the potential to meet all the nation’s problems but only a responsive, responsible, caring leadership could give every component unit of the federation, a feeling of sense of belonging in having a stake in the survival of Nigeria as a one and indivisible nation.  

Nigeria is under stress now, there is crime and insecurity, political tension is on the rise in the country, yet, Nigeria is critical to democracy in Africa.” 

Democracy survival
He said the country must strengthen its democracy, saying that Nigeria’s democracy survival was critical and vital to the whole continent and beyond.

“The National concerns in Nigeria is to ensure enduring unity, peace and conflict resolution, understanding, sustainable development, good governance  and strengthening of democratic process in the media.” 

For sustainable development and growth in Nigeria, the country must set its priorities, change sense of direction and strengthen its institutions.

He said the action would help in improving the society and eradicate poverty to the barest minimum.

“Nigerians worry about livelihood. The social amenities, decent wages, safety of lives and properties and the need for reasonable comfort. Poverty, which is so wide spread, is not created by the poor but the institution created by the society, in other words like government. We must simply re-order our priorities, change our sense of direction and make the pool a centre of all our development programmes,”  he said. 

Ready to sacrifice
Alimi stressed that Nigerians must be ready to sacrifice and give room for time, which, he said would bring change to the society.

“Nigerians best days are yet to come, we must choose time before change can come,”

Sustainable development
Alimi urged the media to be agent of sustainable development, stating that it was imperative that the media must now strengthen democracy in Nigeria.

“The media should now be the new agent for sustainable development in Nigeria and never pursue short sighted journalism and short sighted broadcasting,” he said.

 “There is need for self regulation in the media in Nigeria. The media must serve the best interest of the complete society. The media ought to influence the conduct of public affairs in Nigeria, are we doing it? I answered in the negative way, “he stated.

“The most challenging media attitude today is not how much we don’t know is how wrong we have heard in what we think we know. What is in the newspaper, radio or television is not what it set out to do or over time.

 “Media is more than news rather stand for a course and must live for that course. Where there is will, there will be well. They should increase amount of on information on peaceful resolution to the numerous crisis situations in Nigeria but media is not doing that.

“Let principle of Social responsibility be our Alpha and Omega. You can have information without development but you can’t have development without information. We must choose hope over despair.”

The conference which is a two day event had in attendance, scholars in communications and professionals of the pen profession from across all states in Nigeria.

Lateefah Ibrahim