**Challenges Nigerian Media to Put Government on their Toes
Story By Stella Williams
Nigerian government has been advised to see agriculture as the only soft – landing option out of the current harsh economic situation confronting the country.
Giving this advice Mr. Muhammadu Adebola while delivering a speech at the maiden edition of Asabe Shehu Yar’Adua Foundation (ASYARF) Global Media and Information Literacy Day, which took place on Monday, November 1, 2016, at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Lagos State Council Secretariat, with the Theme; “Transforming Communities through Media and Information Literacy”.
According to Adebola, Agriculture, which is very vast, remains the best alternative to the country’s over-dependence on oil.
He added that apart from being the best option for the government, agriculture is the veritable tool for individual’s survival in the face of recession.
He explained that if only Nigerians could explore more into the farming opportunities offered by land in various ways, even picking snails from untilled forests could earn fortunes for people at little or no cost.
He disclosed that already Nigeria had started exporting padded rice to neighboring countries like Niger and Cameroon, adding that very soon Nigeria would have sufficient rice and other food crops to feed her nationals.
Meanwhile, he has advised the media to mobilise actions to challenge government and put them on their toes towards quick revamp of the nation’s unfriendly economic situation born out of harsh policies.
Delivering her own paper titled: Media Information Literacy and Health, another resource Person at the symposium, Mrs Folashade Ofurune, Executive Director Health Educative and Empowerment Initiative (HEDEN), submitted that education remained the basic key to accessing all information which could be converted to societal benefits.
“Literacy is the first key to open one up to information. You must be able to read in order to access information via internet whether by your smart phone, computer system and other avenues.
“Remember you are not media – literate until you are able to create your own message and disseminate via the social media and others.she stated.
In his opening remarks earlier in the programme, the National Coordinator of National Voice of Democrats, Comrade Olatunde Olayinka Olasogba, advised Nigerians not trust all media and the information disseminated by them.rather he admonished that information seekers should first of all, identify the media they considered credible enough to trust and then identify the information which they needed to pick and act on.
Olasogba appreciated the Nigeria media for always being at the vanguard of propagating and entrenching the sustenance of any evolving government policy for the awareness and empowerment of the populace.
Founded by Hajia Dr. Asabe Shehu Yar’adua, ASYARF is a UNESCO-affiliated Corporate Social Organisation (CSO) concerned about general issues bordering on human rights, women and children welfare, and community services.
Many vulnerable people, including women, children and persons living with disabilities have benefited from their activities and have had their tears wiped away and smiles beaming from their faces.