A call has gone to the media to provide platforms and space for marginalised groups including relevant and credible civil society actors to articulate their concerns about national issues. Making the call was the Director of the UN Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, Mr Ronald Kayanja while delivering a keynote address titled “The Media and the Quest for Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions in Nigeria” on the 2nd annual lecture of Penpushing online news channel held at Abeokuta on Thursday, 19 July 2018.
“A vibrant civil society enables the media to include the voices of more people and to enable them articulate those in ways that will draw the attention of those in authority.” He said, “While the civil society scene in Nigeria is not so vibrant, there are those who help to articulate concerns of the marginalised. The media should work more with them.”
In his speech, the Chairman of the occasion, a veteran journalist, Mr Felix Adenaike, spoke about the sanctity of journalism ethics while the Royal Father of the day, the Olota of Ota Awori Kingdom, HRH Oba (Prof) Adeyemi Obalanlege discussed the school of thoughts that believes that news are manufactured.
Welcoming the guests, the founder of Penpushing, Prince Dimeji Kayode-Adedeji, thanked members of Penpushing forum for their professionalism and commitment to seeing the WhatsApp platform metamorphosed into a reputable online news channel.