NATIONAL Orientation
Agency, NOA, has tasked media
practitioners in the country to
ensure objectivity, fairness, as
well as balanced reportage on
security issues.
NOA’s director-general, Dr.
Garba Abari gave the advice
in Abuja yesterday during a
one-day media roundtable
organised by the agency on ‘The
Role of the Media in Reporting
Peace Building Processes
and the Counter Terrorism
Narratives in Nigeria.’
While reiterating the need
for the media to popularise
federal governments policies
and programmes aimed at
promoting peace and security,
Abari noted that it was the
responsibility of the media to put
the issues of national interests
in proper perspective in order
to elicit citizens’ cooperation
with the government.
Similarly, the director general
of Federal Radio Corporation of
Nigeria, FRCN, Mansur Liman,
who described the media as one
of the major instrument that
could be used to fight terrorism
to a standstill, urged journalists
not to promote terrorism in
their reports rather their reports
should be on proffering possible
solutions to the challenges.
“We should always bring
issues to the table so that people
will know what have been done
and what needs to be done to
forestall future occurrences,” he
urged.
Kiman also urged the media
to use their respective platforms
to counter all the lies peddled
by insurgents.
Also, director-general,
Voice of Nigeria, VON, Dr
Osita Okechukwu, who was
represented by Hanasiah
Suleiman, said that reporting
peace and conflict required
some sense of responsibility.
Okechukwu also solicited for
more funds for governmentowned
media houses.

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