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Oct 20, 2017


The national Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies  (PMS) in the country, Rev. Fr. George Ajana has called for collaboration between the association of Diocesan/ Religious Directors of SocialCommunications in Nigeria to foster the communication apostolate of the Church in the country.

According to the Fr. Ajana a collaborative synergy between the association and the Pontifical Mission Societies will is paramount for the evangelization mission of the Church in the country.


The PMS admonition was contained in his message to the recently concluded second plenary of the communications directors held in Ijebu-Itele, Ogun State. Messages of solidarity were also presented by the Rev. Fr. Walter Ihejirika, President of Signis Nigeria, the umbrella body for all the communication associations in the country; Commander C.O. C Nze, President of the Catholic Artistes and Entertainers Association of Nigeria (CAEAN); and Mr. Peter Ajayi Dada, National Secretary of the Catholic Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria (CAMPAN), who represented the president of the association at the opening ceremony. 


Advocating collaboration between the PMS and the diocesan directors especially at the diocesan level, Fr. Ajana noted that the PMS is one of the reliable partners of the communication apostolate in the country. His words: “We really admire the good work you do, both for the Universal and the local Church, when it comes to spreading the good news.  He added: “We wish that you help promote the PMS by publicizing its activities using the various social media outfits at your disposal, like your diocesan newspapers, facebook, whatsApp, etc. It is a kind of mutual cooperation. What is even more important is that both of us are cooperating in the work of evangelization. 


In his goodwill message, Signis President, Rev. Fr. Walter Ihejirika reiterated the need for more cooperation with the association to enhance its coordination of the communication apostolate of the Church in the country. Fr. Ihejirika, who is also the President of Signis Africa briefed the directors on the activites of the association with regards to the participation of the Nigerian chapter  at the last Signis World Conference heldp in Quebec, Canada, in June this year, the proposed Film/Video Festival being organized by the association, scheduled for Enugu in November this year and the preparations for the election of new national officers for Sgnis Nigeria; and called for the cooperation and support of the directors to ensure the success of the programmes of the association.


In his own goodwill message, the President of  CAEAN, Commander C.O.C. Nze outlined the activities of the association, since inauguration and called for the support of the directors to help the CAEAN achieve its set out goals and objectives. He commending the directors who have set up CAEAN  in their various dioceses and called others to emulate this gesture.


The CAEAN President also used the occasion to inform the directors about the challenges facing his association and the need for the directors to assist them, to enable them achieve their set out goals and objectives; as well as those of Catholic communications apostolate in the country. His words: “Our role is more challenged by the multiple effects of the social media and other modern communication channels of which we must now adapt if we are must make positive impact on the people.” Commader Nze outlined the plans of the association to enhance the communication apostolate of the Church in the country, through the film industry.


Speaking in the same vein, the Secretary of CAMPAN, Mr. Peter Ajayi Dada while wishing the directors successful deliberations, assured them that members of his association “will continue to deploy their professionalism positively to propagate  the activities of the Catholic Church as and when due”.  He however, called for a cordial synergy between the directors and the association in the defending the Catholic faith, the teachings and traditions of the Church through the communications apostolate.

The CAMPAN Secretary made some suggestions on how to enhance the cordiality between the directors association and CAMPAN. These include: the introduction of multimedia approaches involving the training of individuals both priests and CAMPAN members in reporting activities of the Church via texts, audio and video forms including photography. The CAMPAN National Secretary also advocated a joint brainstorming by the two bodies on the publication of a  national or regional Catholic Church newspapers that would flourish instead of each diocese floating its own newspaper and finding it hard to break even.

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