KRPC ED calls for robust relationship between media, oil sector

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The Executive Director, Services, Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company (KRPC), Dr Abdullahi Idris has called for greater synergy between the media and oil and gas industry in the country to enhance activities in the sector.

Idris stated this on Saturday in Kano at the 7th KRPC annual workshop for media practitioners.

He said such relationship was crucial to promoting good governance in the sector and identifying areas threatening the integrity of the system.

He described the media as pivotal to vibrant democracy and good governance, and urged media practitioners to be thorough and responsible in their reportage.

“The mass media is without a doubt, a vital tool for a functioning democracy and and the quest for good governance,” he said, adding that the workshop was to  reinvigorate and strengthen the strong relationship between the KRPC and journalists.

“This workshop has over the years contributed to enhancing the capacity of the medía to effectively and efficiently report the transformations in the NNPC that will benefit the citizens.

“It is therefore only fitting that a good working relationship exists between the oil and gas sector and the media if both are to adequately fulfil their mandates.”

Idris added that the workshop would improve news dissemination that contributes to critical thinking among the public, as well as harness the pivotal role of media practitioners in effectively communicating activities and inner workings of the country’s oil and gas sectors.

According to the EDS, the workshop also serves as platform of looking at constraints that could impact on media activities and threaten the integrity of the systems.

“It would also be a guide in knowing how to fare in the light of the challenges.”

He said the theme “Media Laws, Ethics and Challenges of Hate Speech in Nigeria” was carefully selected to beam searchlight, especially on the phenomenon of hate speech,  that is currently in the national discourse.

Meanwhile, in a paper presentation, the Dean, Faculty of Communication, Bayero University Kano, Prof. Umar Pate encouraged conventional media in the country to move to digital media platforms in line with international standards.

He said the digital media is trying to overtake the conventional media that are yet to have online platforms, especialy in the light of current developments in the sector.

“These days, people get information on their phones more quickly and conveniently than listening to radios, watching televisions or even reading newspapers.

“The followership on social media is so large, hence, the need for all conventional media to brace up and meet standards”.

According to the Professor, even the universities are trying to get digitalized in order to make graduates relevant in the labor market.

Pate therefore, urged media practitioners to upgrade their standard of reportage as they have better opportunities to report accurately and promptly.

Also, a former NUJ chairman in Kaduna State, Garba Muhammed who presented a paper on hate speech, said the bill on death penalty for hate speech currently before the Senate was not appropriate, saying, such penalty should be for corrupt leaders and criminals.

He called on the legislators to review existing laws so that purveyors of hate speech and other crimes could be punished accordingly.

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