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Enugu FRCN: Stakeholders Review Challenges Facing Media Roles In Fostering Sustainable Democracy

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Poor funding and welfare schemes have been described as a major challenge facing the media in ensuring sustainable democracy in the country.

National Coordinator, Coalition of Support Groups for Atiku Abubakar, Owelle Ejikeme Odumegwu Esq, said this, at the 5th Annual Lecture Series, organized by The Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ FRCN South East Zone, Enugu Chapel, at the Sam Nwaneri Event Center, FRCN Enugu.

Ejikeme said that the watchdog role of the media through objective, and transparent representation of opinions, have been slaughtered on the altar of brown envelopes, sensationalism, sycophancy, and yellow journalism.

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He also described social media as one of the drivers of unprofessionalism in journalism practice.

“The role of the media in ensuring sustainable democracy cannot be overemphasized, the media have the engine that propels and influences a viable democracy. They recognize and guarantee the impact of individuals and institutions, and such individuals and institutions derive energy from mass media that supplies political information.

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The media have to criticize the unpopular policies and programs of the government. We all know that public opinion and the means through which the masses can whether the policy of the government formulated to run the daily activities of the people are in order or not. We expect the media to bring public office holders to exposure, it is the media that equally present our own opinion as a people to the government.”

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“Media is not credibly performing its functions according to the democratic bills. Media critics have claimed that some privately owned media supply sensational news and propaganda that serves their interests, abandoning the basic issues. The protection of public interest is treated with bias.

“The constitution has conferred on the media the duty to ensure sustainable democracy. In most cases, some media practitioners don’t even know that they have a right to divulge some secrets of the government, to let the masses know what is going on in the government, whether it is in our favor or not.”

“For a journalist to be a veteran you must be able to report what you see, provided you have a verifiable source to back it.” Some media practices are under core unprofessionalism, anybody can wake up and go to social media to publish as a journalist. We also expect the media to monitor the exercise that brings a person into power.” He said.

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Speaking on the Occasion, an awardee and the Enugu State governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Uchenna Nnaji, represented by the DG of his Campaign Organization, Comrade, Fidelis Edeh, applauded the media for its role in informing, and educating the masses, as well as keeping the government on its toes.

“The latest technology in cancer diagnosis technology is currently being installed at UNTH Enugu, which is part of Namibia investment, which is the second in Africa. Nkwakibie is doing something common to the vision of M I Okpara. Nothing I can say that we surpass the submission which is captured in this unique award, and I can only say we are looking forward to working with you to communicate to Ndi Enugu on the vision of Namibia.”

While commending the fourth estate for its agenda-setting role, HRH Alhaji Abubakar Yusuf Sambo 11, Sarkin Hausawa Enugu State. and HRH Igwe Dr. Emma Ugwu.
Traditional Ruler of Ibeagwa Community Enugu East LGA emphasized the need for media to be fair and balanced in reporting issues of public concern.

Earlier in a welcome address the Zonal Director, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Enugu National Station, Pastor. Emmanuel Inegbedion, commended the leadership of NUJ FRCN Chapel, under Comrade Obinna Ogbuka, for upholding the spirit of unionism among members.

He said the lecture was imperative to reawaken journalists on their role as watchdogs of society, especially in the electioneering period.

“ As we are all aware, political toxicity or extremism tops at the very core of our national unity. The tall tower signs of extremism in the sphere of politics and politicking are all too glaring around us and need to be managed in the interim as we work hard to full abetment in the future.

I sincerely appreciate FRCN which uses the NUJ to do what it knows best, which is uplifting the people and uniting the nation. This lecture series of NUJ powered by FRCN South East is indeed a good start here. The power of radio and other arms of the media, television, print, and social media inclusive, including their reach means that we should not allow false narratives to turn these powerful media platforms into a catalyst for conflict.” He said

In his speech, the Chairman of NUJ FRCN Chapel, Comrade Obinna Ogbuka appreciated the guest speaker and other dignitaries for making the event a success.

The highlight of the event was the award of Excellence given to some members of FRCN for hard work and dedication to duty.

The Awardees include; Christian Nwangene, Uju Umunna, Ukandu Onoh, and Mariam Esonwune.

 

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