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Broadcast Journalists Association Celebrates World TV Day, Evaluates Role of Electronic Media in Development
Human rights activist and lawyer, Festus Keyamo (SAN), on Tuesday, said that electronic media had taken over as “number one weapon” to fight insecurity in Nigeria and around the world.
Keyamo noted that electronic media had been expanded beyond traditional radio and television to encompass social media, which according to him, commanded largest followers in the world.
The legal luminary spoke on Tuesday in Abeokuta, while delivering a lecture at a programme in commemoration of the 2017 World Television Day celebration.
The programme organised by the Broadcast Journalists’ Association of Nigeria (BJAN), Ogun state Chapter, was themed “Impact of Electronic Media on Governance and Political Economy in Nigeria.”
He explained that the new media, as fastest platform of sending and receiving information could be explored by security agencies to track down criminals in shortest possible time.
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria, however, warned Federal Government against curtailing the use of social media, but added that purveyors of abusive and inflammatory comments should be brought to book.
Keyamo also noted that the social media had strengthened citizens’ power to hold government accountable and participate actively in governance.
“In fact, what we have now is what we called Social Media Republic. Electronic media have so much power. In fact the number one weapon to fight insecurity is electronic media, ” he said.
Mr Ahmed Iliyasu, the State Commissioner of Police, who corroborated Keyamo’s views, noted that the introduction of tracking system with aid of electronic devices, crime fighting had been “simplified.”
Iliyasu said : “Globally, you have this tracking system and the use of electronic devices in checking crimes and criminality.
” You will find out that with the introduction and it’s facilitation by the Inspector General of Police we have been achieving a lot in tracking down high-profile cases across the country.”
The CP commended members of the fourth estate of the realm who he described as worthy partners in fight against crime in the state.
In his remarks, Gov. Ibikunle Amosun, admitted that journalists had kept his government on its toes and as well brought the needs of citizens to government attention.
Represented by Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Mr Dayo Adeneye, Amosun urged journalists to be fair and avoid infringement on individuals’ rights while carrying out their professional duties.
In his welcome address, BJAN President, Kazeem Olowe, noted that electronic media had played vital roles in the political and economic development of Nigeria since it inception.