Lagos Councils, Community Media To Partner For Development

Kunle Adelabu

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The Chairman of all Executive Secretaries in Lagos State and Executive Secretary, Bariga LCDA, Hon. David Kolade addressing the Community Media Forum

The plan of the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode to mobilize every sector of the state for development is taking shape as Local Councils and Community Media agreed to partner for the progress of state.

An accord was reached during the 6th Community Media Forum held at T-Block, State Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja on Monday, April 11, 2016 under the auspices of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Community & Communications, Hon. Kehinde Bamigbetan.

Efforts of the Office of the Special Adviser on Communities & Communications to bring the Local Councils and Community Media Practitioners together and address areas of concern yielded result when the Chairman of All Executive Secretaries in Lagos State and the Executive Secretary, Bariga LCDA, Hon. David Kolade attended the 6th Community Media Forum to address members on some concerns.

“This initiative is very laudable because it is trying to bring back the community journalism which is an important aspect of journalism back in the state. This is what has been lacking and if successfully brought back into reckoning it will be good for the state” Hon.Kolade stated.

The Executive Secretary, assured the community media practitioners of support and partnership of local governments in the state. In his words, “At our level we are looking forward to working and partnering with community media because we should be partners in progress. I will present issues raised with my colleagues and let them know why you are better medium of information dissemination than the national papers”

He added, “I do not have option than to support the noble idea of bringing back the community journalism and there is no other better person to do that than the Special Adviser (Hon. Kehinde Bamigbetan) who was a former council chairman. We have identified the problems and we are solving them”

Among issues and concerns raised by the members of the Community Media Forum are lack of patronage, non-recognition, preference of the Council Executives for national papers in reporting local news, attitude of local Information Officers, owing and failure to pay for patronages among others.

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Hon. Kolade with the Special Adviser on Communities & Communications, Lagos State, Hon. Kehinde Bamigbetan during the parley

In his remarks, Hon. Bamigbetan enjoined the Chairman of All Executive Secretaries in the state to help in creating good working relationship between Council Executive Secretaries and Community Media in their localities.

The Special Adviser hammered on the importance of the community news media in effectively propagating the activities of the councils to any other and assured Hon. Kolade that his Ministry is working on the compilation of all community news media in the state and contacts which is to be given to all Council Executives for easy access.

“We have been able to identify problems with information units in our councils and we are engaging them in training to make them understand the need for effective dissemination of information and the important role of community media. The training is to reorientate them and makes them understand their environment better.”

While expressing the State Governor’s appreciation to how the ongoing road projects across the state is been reported by community media, the Special Adviser also announced plan to hold second Community Media Workshop which will aim at developing business and editorial skills of the practitioners.

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Hon. Kolade and Hon. Bamigbetan in group photograph with members of the Community Media Forum after the parley

 

 

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