Federal Government has identified the importance of media particularly the broadcast platforms in the dissemination of information as well as the activities of the government, thus challenging the broadcast media owners to cue into the government policies and programmes for the reorientation of the members of the public.
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who gave the charge at an interactive meeting with the members of the Broadcast Organisation of Nigeria, BON, in Abuja yesterday, reminded them of the planned nationwide reorientation campaign, soon to be announced by the government.
The Minister further informed the broadcast media owners that the meeting was part of his familiarization exercise to acquaint himself with the stakeholders in the industry, and to inform them of the need for collaboration for the realisation of the policies and programmes of the APC led government.
In his speech, the minister said, “And we need a very important organisation like yours to assist us in creating awareness among our people. Already, some of your members like the NTA, has, since December last year taken up the gauntlet and are now running awareness campaign messages on their stations, airing these messages in different local languages. Also, the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, is also using its SMS Platform to send security awareness messages to Nigerians.
“We want to call on the remaining members of BON, most of whom are represented here to emulate the organisations that I have mentioned, in running the security awareness campaign messages on their stations. I know some will argue that, unlike the NTA, FRCN or VON, they are privately owned and they need to make money to pay their workers and run their stations. That is a legitimate argument. But the truth is that unless the nation is at peace, the stations cannot even carry out their operations.” The minister said.
However, Alhaji Mohammed after listening to complaints of the operators promised them that he is committed to maintaining a good relationship with the members of the organisation that would apparently result in prompt information dissemination and education of Nigerians.
Meanwhile, the Director General of NTA, Mr. Shola Omole, who spoke on behalf of other members of the organisation, commended them for their impressive turn out to respond to the call by the minister.
Mr. Omole assured the Minister of the commitment of the BON members in promoting the policies and programmes of the government, also promising the readiness of the members to avail their platforms for the dissemination of the activities of the government.

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