Stakeholders seek national cohesion through broadcast content

Eme Offiong, Calabar


Media stakeholders have solicited for the use of broadcast platforms to emphasise national cohesion, ethos, co-existence and supremacy of law through programmes and news contents.

This formed part of a 21-points resolution reached at the 2019 National Broadcast Summit on the theme ‘Broadcasting and Democracy: Emerging Security Imperatives’ held in Calabar, Cross River State. Southern Nigeria.

Stakeholders also resolved that young people, who are the most critical group in society, should be encouraged to have a proper perspective of the nation’s security challenges.

“The youth is the most critical group in our society; and broadcasters should create contents that put security challenges and solutions in forms, which appeal to this group of Nigerians”, the communiqué indicated.

The forum also affirmed “passion, sense of direction and adequate investment are what we (practitioners) need to fight insecurity in Nigeria. Therefore, broadcasters should be more passionate with national interest at heart”.

Broadcast Policy
One of the resolutions arrived at was that of creating and implementing a policy, which would empower Nigerian broadcast stations to set national and local discourse agenda for the citizens rather than foreign media.

“There is need for a national broadcast policy aimed at preventing foreign broadcasters from setting agenda for our national discourse” … with a well-coordinated content and development of specific and special programmes, broadcasting can become a veritable tool for peace building”. 

The stakeholders resolved to create a business content model to encourage inflow of funds for quality programmes and news contents; train and retrain practitioners; as well as harmonize the elements of citizens journalism and new media to effectively guarantee security in Nigeria and to ensure sustainability of democracy.

About 320 participants comprising veteran broadcasters, practitioners, content providers, journalists, captains of media industries such as Osita Okechukwu, the Director General of Voice of Nigeria, VON.

The summit was organized by the National Broadcasting Commission and chaired by Mohammed Ibrahim, a former Director General of the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA.