NUJ wants replacement of obsolete equipment in Plateau Gov’t-owned media marking press week
The Nigeria Union of Journalist(NUJ) has called for the replacement of obsolete equipment at the Plateau Government-owned media organisations to improve their efficiency.
Supreme Magazine reports that the State Government owns the Plateau Publishing Corporation(PPC), publishers of the Nigerian Standard newspaper and the Plateau Radio Television Corporation (PRTVC), owners of the Peace FM and PRTV established in the 1970s.
Mr Chris Isiguzo, the NUJ President, made the call on Thursday in Jos at a Colloquiam on ‘Insecurity in Nigeria and Agitations for Restructuring’ , organised by the Plateau Council of the NUJ, as part of its activities to mark its 2019 Press Week.
Represented by Mr Wilson Bako, the Vice Chairman, Zone D of NUJ, Isiguzo expressed worry that the Nigerian Standard and the PRTV, who imprinted their names in the annals of history, by fast tracking development in the North and serving as pace setters in information dissemination, had lost their glory.
“The PPC was the voice of the north but now they just produce 50 to 100 copies because they are still producing using ‘ghost machine’ which cannot print a paper ,” he said.
He said that the Plateau government must make deliberate efforts to restore the glory of its state owned organisations, instead of patronising other media organisations for its information dissemination.
The president said in an era of farmers/herders clashes, journalists should give priority to the needs of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), especially on the urgent need of resettlement through rebuilding their homes.
In his paper presentation on’ Insecurity in Nigeria and Agitations for Restructuring’, Dakas Dakkas, a professor of constitutional law, said that in their quest to be agenda setters in the society, journalists should observe objectivity and balance in their reportage.
Dakas said state policing as a restructuring approach would be successful, if the multicultural and religious sensibilities of people were incorporated in state’s security architecture.
“Failure to incorporate our complexities will make people suspect the security recipe,” he said.
He said there was a need of government regulations on information dissemination, especially in the present era of hate speech, fake news and the radicalisation of the social media causing insecurity casualties.
In his remarks, Prof Sonni Tyoden, the Deputy Governor of Plateau, commended journalists for their role in sensitising and educating Nigerians on government programmes and policies.
Tyoden said addressing the challenges of governance would help in addressing the problem of insecurity, saying Plateau was not yet mature for the adoption of state policing.
“We have not been able to handle our diversities maturely and this is a major threat to the success of state policing. We have to address the problem of governance,” he said.
He urged Journalists to discharge their duties with responsibility and preach peace and harmonious coexistence in order to boost development.
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