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NTA-TVE Boss, Loko Says New Media Has Come To Stay, Commends Self regulations

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Managing Director of Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) TV Enterprises, Mr. Maxwell Loko, has commended practitioners of Online Journalism for self-regulation, calling for more of it so as to continue winning the confidence of readers and followers.

Mr. Loko stated this in Abuja on Wednesday, when the National Assembly New Media paid him a courtesy visit at the NTA headquarters to honour him for his role at ensuring Nigeria actualised the transition from analog to digital broadcasting.

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The media expert reiterated that the online journalists were not in competition with the mainstream media, calling for synergies amongst both practitioners.

He applauded the Forum of Online Journalists in National Assembly, for taking bold steps in regulating themselves without waiting for the government’s regulatory framework. adsbygoogle || []).push({});

“There is no denying the fact that, the online journalism, whether we like it or not, has come to stay with us and it is going to be here for a very long time. The online media is of course, the future of the media.

“Practitioners of Online Journalism weigh a lot of powers, that’s where the dilemma lies. We are aware that the online media is still largely unregulated. The dilemma is that, here you are with so much enormous powers and capacity to influence, yet, you are operating in an unstructured and unregulated environment. So, it comes with a lot of temptations for unwholesome and unethical practices.

“That’s why people like us will continuously appeal to a forum like yours that regulations start from you as individuals. If you like, you can call it self censorship. You should begin to regulate yourself.

“Because, either we like it or not, the basic tenets of journalism, amongst others, are accuracy and unbiased reportage. As popular as your own subsector in the industry is, there are many cases where people doubt the authenticity of your information, and when that becomes the norm, people begin to doubt your accuracy.

“Because you are not regulated, it will also put a lot of burden on you, to convince your mass followers that whatever comes from you can also be accurate.

“So, you do not wait for a restructured regulatory framework to ensure that is done. It is when you begin to regulate yourself and you can not do it except through a forum like yours.

“What is exciting most of us is that, when the systems allover the world are grabbing with the regulatory framework on how to curtail the excesses of the social media and online journalism, we have people who have taken it upon themselves that, ‘we can regulate ourselves, we can actually operate within the realm of professional journalism'”, Loko stated.

He debunked the believe of many people that the New Media was in direct competition with the mainstream media, adding that, the online journalists were only complementing the traditional media, since they all work towards the same objectives, “of making sure the voiceless has a voice; that the truth is told; that we will act as the nexus between those who have the powers and those who completely do not have powers”.

Mr. Loko charged the Online Journalists covering the National Assembly not to be responsible to Members of National Assembly alone, but also to people who are outside and depend on them for factual information, “for accurate information, so that you would become that critical nexus that is always necessary in dissemination of information to those we believe are the voiceless”.

Earlier, Chairman of NASS New Media, Comrade Yemi Itodo extolled the leadership qualities of Mr. Loko, whom he described as “an astute Administrator, a diligent achiever and an incorruptible Manager”, worthy of celebration.

“Your nomination for recognition as ‘Administrator of the Year’ was not unconnected to your uncommon attitude to public service and your expertise contributions at ensuring Nigeria actualized the transition from analog to digital broadcasting.

“By your membership of the switchover committee and with your deep experience in the broadcast industry, we have no doubt that Nigeria and Nigerians would be grateful to you, that your vast knowledge of modern techniques in global communication have helped positioned the country in favourable competition amongst the comity of nations.

“Also, your innovative idea at introducing the StarTimes TV in the Nigerian market few years ago, has not only significantly reduced the monopoly of the existing service providers and making Nigerians pay less for quality services; it has also greatly bridged the gap between the private sector and public corporations”, Itodo said.

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Breaking: EFCC Chairman, Bawa, Slumps While Speaking In Aso Rock

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Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, Thursday slumped at a programme at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Bawa was speaking on the importance of digital identification in commemoration of the National Identity Day when he suddenly became emotional, attributing his demeanour to the death of a staff of the commission. adsbygoogle || []).push({});

He, however, did not give details of the identity of the staff.

Shortly after he said he couldn’t continue his speech and then walked off the stage, sat in his chair and slumped.

The EFCC boss was then immediately rushed out of the hall, accompanied by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Mr Isa Pantami.

Later, Mr Pantami returned to the hall and said he was now in a stable condition.

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Buni Mourns Victims Of Unfortunate Air Strike, Assures lnvestigation of lncident

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The Yobe state Governor Hon. Mai Mala Buni, has, directed his Special Adviser on Security Affairs, to liaise with the Nigeria Air-force and the  Multi National Joint Task Force, to look into the unfortunate Air strike.

Buni given the directive when he Send the commiserated with families of those who lost their lives in the unfortunate Air strike  on Buhari village in Yunusari local government area of the state.

In a statement signed and issue by Mamman Mohammed,DG, Press and Media Affairs.which was made available to Aljazirahnews in Damaturu the yobe state capital, said although it could have been an accident or mistaken target, but government will join hands with the security agencies to unravel the root cause of the incident.

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According to the statement “Government will work closely with the security forces especially the Nigeria Airforce to establish what actually happened” Governor Buni assured.

“This is very important and necessary for us to guard against future occurance and to safeguard the lives of our people.”

Governor Buni also assured the preparedness of his administration to work with all security forces to ensure the safety of the state.

Meanwhile, the governor has directed government hospitals in Geidam and Damaturu to offer free medical services to those who sustained injuries from the air strike.

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Similarly, the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has been directed to provide relief materials to cater for the immediate needs of the families of the deceased persons and other members of the community.

Recall that at least Ten people were killed and more then 20 seriously injured as a result of aerial bombardment by yet to be ascertained jet on market day.

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Governor Bala Suspends Executive Secretary Pilgrim Board Over Alleged Corruption

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The Bauchi state Governor,  Senator Bala Mohammed, has approved the suspension of the Executive Secretary of the Bauchi state Muslim pilgrims welfare Board, Alhaji Abubakar Babangida Tafida.

This is contained in a statement signed and issued by the special adviser media and publicity Muktari Gidado.

The statement further said that the suspension which was communicated to the executive Secretary in a latter signed by the Secretary to the state government Dated the 14 of September was with immediate effect.

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The suspended executive Secretary was directed to handover the affairs of the Board to the most senior office in the Board pending the outcome of an investigation that has been instituted by government into the affairs of the Board.

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