A lecturer at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Prof. Kate Omenugha, on Thursday tasked the media in Nigeria to establish good governance in the country.
Omenugha, the Head of Department of Mass Communication in the University, disclosed this in Uturu in her keynote address at the South East Media Summit organised by the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Zone C.
She urged journalist to disseminate "adequate and correct information” in order to make sure government decision and actions are beneficial to the citizenry.
Omenugha said the media is an indispensable tool towards good governance. She said their role in information shearing, education and scrutinising of government officials can help establish good governance.
"For Nigeria to progress and develop, we must engender good governance,’’ she said. “The role of the media in this regard remained indispensable. Good governance is about being responsive to the yearning and aspirations of the people.”
The lecturer condemned government's unresponsiveness to the people’s yearning, while she lamented that the media have failed as the watchdog of the society to check the government, adding that the struggle for economic survival and self-censorship have affected the media in discharging their traditional role to country.
She said journalists should engage in investigative journalism as well as constructive criticism, rather than armchair reporting and sensationalism.
The Chairman of the occasion, Ojo Maduekwe pleaded with the media not to be weary because of the recent attacks on them by Boko Haram sect.