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Apr 21, 2018


A call has been made for a pragmatic approach and deliberations on how to address the challenges of the organs of the new media age to make them agents of promoting national security and development. The call was made by Rev. Fr. Jude Offor, the Director of Communication, Minna Diocese, in his welcome address to delegates to the eight Regional Congress of the Catholic Media Practitioners of Nigeria( CAMPAN), of the old Kaduna Ecclesiastical Province.

The progamme, which had A New Media Age and National Security as its theme took place at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Madalla, Niger State. It was attended by over 50 delegates, directors of communication from some of the dioceses in the region and some national officers of CAMPAN.

According to Fr. Offor: “The media has a major role to play in ensuring that the right information is disseminated in regards to national security.” He added: “Our association as an umbrella body for lay faithful in the media world is a vital organ of the Church in promoting the Good News of Christ, peaceful coexistence, social justice, equity and protection of the dignity of the human life which is why we are gathered here today.”

In his goodwill message, the National President of CAMPAN, Mr. Patrick Osu spoke extensively on the theme of the conference, stressing the importance of using the new media positively to ensure national security and development.

Noting that the theme of the conference was chosen to reflect the situation in the country, Mr. Osu stated: “It is indeed a new media age, because the advent of internet and social media had changed the world to digital age and added value to the world of communications to which we are directly or indirectly beneficiaries.”

On national security, the CAMPAN National President declared: “We are all aware of the situation in Nigeria and the issue of security has been bastardly politicized to the extent of culture, religion and ethnicity. Politicians who are in charge of this nation must search their consciences and face the truth as well as check the infiltration of hoodlums from our neigbouring countries; to halt all manner of criminality and murder in Nigeria.”

He called on Catholic media practitioners to be models in using the new media positively to promote national security, justice, peace and development. His words: “As a respected and professional body, we must stand firm and take responsibility for the dissemination of correct and undiluted news and information, otherwise, we will be promoting violence and rancour.”

The three-day programme which started with an opening Mass also featured; presentation of papers by Chief Kierian Umeayo whose presentation was tilted: A New Media Age and National Security and Rev. Sr. Theresa Tanko of the Centre for the Study of African Culture and Communication (CESACC), Catholic Institute of West Africa (CIWA), Port Harcourt, Rivers State;who spoke on Citizen Journalism and its Challenges to National Security in Nigeria; and election of new officers to pilot the affairs of the association for the next four years.

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