As part of its activities to promote a better understanding of what the United Nations is doing to make a difference in the lives of Nigerian people, the National Information Officer (NIO) of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Lagos, Oluseyi Soremekun, recently embarked on a media outreach mission to the ancient town of Abeokuta, Ogun State, South-West Nigeria.
The mission which was aimed at establishing media partnership with Ogun State Television (OGTV) and the Ogun State Broadcasting Corporation (OGBC), engaged the managements of the two stations for stronger media partnership.
At the separate meetings held with the managements, the National Information Officer introduced UNIC, Lagos and presented the United Nations Television (UNTV) and the United Nations Radio (UN Radio) with emphasis on content development and sharing. He drew attention to the availability of award-winning series of short television features covering the work of the UN and its Agencies (UN in Action); video messages of the Secretary General on major International Days; as well as daily and weekly radio contents in eight languages. These, he noted, are offered free-of-charge to broadcasters and digital platforms.
Speaking, the General Manager of Ogun State Television, Alhaji Ayinde Soaga, expressed his delight at the prospect of the station partnering with the UN. According to him, OGTV was ready to broadcast contents from UNTV and would also be glad to jointly produce short documentaries in collaboration with UNIC and for the UNTV.
At the Ogun State Broadcasting Corporation, the General Manager, Engineer Tunde Awolana, disclosed that the radio station was a very strong partner of the UN many years ago and would be glad to resuscitate the partnership between the two organisations. He noted that the collaboration when fully operational, would promote the works of the UN in Nigeria and best practices around the world.
Soremekun also extended his mission to Department of Mass Communication, Moshood Abiola Polytechnic to discuss internship opportunity as well as production of short Radio/TV documentaries/magazines in the area of UN mandates.
Welcoming the NIO to the Institution, the Rector, Prof Oludele Itiola, noted that the visit of UNIC to the institution came at the time they were aiming at strengthening their collaboration with the UN and other International Agencies. He pledged the support of the management of the institution to UNIC. At the subsequent technical meeting with the leadership of the Department of Mass Communication, the Head of Department, Mr Sina Aina, expressed his delight at the public library being operated by UNIC as well as internship opportunity for students of the department. The meeting discussed the possibility of joint production of contents for both UNTV and UN Radio.
The first newspaper in Nigeria was established in Abeokuta in 1859 making the town to be referred to as the cradle of journalism in Nigeria.