The Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has urged Nigeria Guild of Editors to re-strategies and re-position Television and radio broadcast to compete with globalising world of information and Technology.
Governor Tambuwal stated this while declaring the 15th Annual Editors’ conference in Sokoto State with the theme: “A Distressed Media: Impact on Government, Governance and Society.”
According to the Governor, the media has tremendous work to be done for proper upgrade and prosperous future.
He said the media should also initiate a serious conversation in place to improve to the age of information technology.
“People now prepare to read newspapers online, online publishing need to be prioritized to compete with global standards
“We need to re-strategise on how to aggressively converse for advertisements online,” Governor Tambuwal said.
The Governor however, urged the media not despair, but keep the faith and remain unbound.
“The difficult time would give way to a better time, to a better room for a prosperous future.
“We cannot operate democracy like a military dictatorship, the stones are gathering we must join hand to checkmate anti democratic elements and return our country to path of constitutionalism, progress and development,” The Governor added.
The Governor however said there is need for media to move and shock Nigerians in the anti hate speech bill that prescribed death penalty for offenders.
“This is quite scary an as indeed some people thinking of the true intention of the forefront of the bill.
“There are enough provision in our laws to deal with people whose actions can undermine national unity and cohesion.
“Such diagonal legislation has no place in place in the constitution democracy like ours,” he also added.
The Governor Tambuwal welcomed the members to the State, but urged them to feel free to move around and see the historical sight that would captured their imaginations.
According to the Acting President of the Guild, the conference is holding at a time various bills targeting at the media are being considered by the National Assembly which include: bill on hate speech, social media and federal government plan to regulate social media.
He said Nigeria Guild of Editors are not in support and will never support fake news and hate speech.
The Acting President use the opportunity to call for the immediate release of journalists being detained for one reason or the other across the country.