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Broadcast Journalists In Nigeria Celebrate World TV Day In Grand Style. Say "We Have Come To Stay"!

L-R Ogun state CP Ahmed Ilyasu, President Broadcast Journlaats Association of Nigeria(BJAN), Kazeem Olowe and legal luminary Festus Keyamo SAN at the World TV day celebration organised by BJAN in Abeokuta

Award of excellence from BJAN to dignitaries

A Human Rights Activist and lawyer, Festus Keyamo SAN on Tuesday urged the Federal government to see social media as a good platform for feedbacks on policies and performances.

To him, this would help the government to know what its doing right and what it needed to improve on.

He also observed  that electronic media and internet have taken over as "number one weapon" to fight insecurity in Nigeria and around the world.

Keyamo explained that with the advent of Information Communication Technology (ICT) there is swift response by security operatives to security threats.

The legal luminary who spoke  in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital while delivering a lecture at an event marking this year's World Television Day celebration noted that electronic media had been expanded beyond traditional radio and television to encompass social media, which according to him, commands largest followers in the world.

The event was organised by the Broadcast Journalists' Association of Nigeria (BJAN).

Keyamo spoke on the theme "Impact of Electronic Media on Governance and Political Economy in Nigeria."

He pointed out that the the new media as fastest platform of sending and receiving information if properly explored by security agencies would help in tracking down criminals in shortest possible time.

Keyamo however, warned Federal Government against curtailing the use of social media, but added that purveyors of abusive and inflammatory comments should be brought to book.

The legal practitioner also warned bloggers to monitor and censor comments on their stories saying the that disclaimer notice is not enough to exonerate then from criminal libel.

The Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Illiyasu who corroborated Keyamo's views noted that the introduction of tracking system with aid of electronic devices, crime fighting has been "simplified."

The CP commended members of the fourth estate of the realm who he described as worthy partners in fight against crime in Ogun State.

In his welcome address, the BJAN President, Mr. Kazeem Olowe noted that electronic media have played vital roles in the political and economic development of Nigeria since it inception.

Olowe assured that as body of broadcast journalists the association would continue to be peoples' advocate, promoter of truth, fairness, justice and equity.

He disclosed that the association which started with 12 members last year now boasts of more than 500 members across Nigeria.

Olowe said the United Nations will be drafted to the event next year.

The programme also featured awards presentation to Keyamo, Iliyasu, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Dayo Adeneye, the Chairman of Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) in Ogun State, Alhaji Ibrahim Olaniyan and the Chairman, DAKTAD Hotel, Abeokuta, Hon Habeeb Ajayi.

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