Media should act as tool for nation building – Peter Obi

May 6th, 2018

From Odogwu Emeka Odogwu, Awka

Former Anambra State governor, Mr. Peter Obi, has described the media as critical to nation building, just as he canvassed the use of the media to inform the public about what developed countries did to attain their present status.

The former governor who spoke during the 10th anniversary celebration of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka Campus Radio station, Unizik 94.1 FM, held recently at the universitya��s auditorium, also advised against the use of the media to propagate hate speeches.

He called on the youths, including students of the university, to have faith in themselves, saying that most people that succeeded in the world saw opportunities where others saw nothing.

The former governor who commended Nigerian youths for being hardworking and innovative, said the only challenge they faced was increasing leadership failure, which according to him, had failed to put things right for them to fully unleash their potentials.

He urged the federal and state governments to fully support Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), which he said was what China did to experience developmental boom they are enjoying today.
The event which was chaired by Senator Ben Obi,was attended by the cream of the university community led by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academics, Prof. Esimone Charles.

In his address, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Joseph Ahaneku, who was represented by Prof. Esimone, said UNIZIK 94.1 FM had kept faith with the paradigm of excellence which Unizik is known for in the area of community broadcasting.

He lauded Prof. Stella Okunna, director, UNIZIK 94.1 FM, who is also Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, for championing the funding and construction of the a�?Professor Stela Chinyere Okunna Legacy buildinga�� that houses the radio station.

In his keynote address, Prof. Umaru Pate, former Dean, Faculty of Communications, Bayero University, Kano, expressed worry over the high level of hate speeches and fake news circulating in the society today, urging the campus radio station to ensure objectivity and accuracy in its information dissemination.

Prof. Okunna, thanked the university management and guests for supporting the project, pledging to maintain the objectives for which the radio station was established.

In his remarks, the royal father of the day and traditional ruler of Igbakwu , Ayamelum , Igwe Prof. Onuora Nwuneli, encouraged the campus radio station to partner the Faculty of Agriculture, to champion farmersa�� education since the radio is the fastest medium to reach the audience.

The Zonal Director, National Broadcasting Commission, (NBC), Mrs. Susan Obi, said the station has maintained all the rules and regulations stipulated by the commission, since its inception.

Senator Obi, hailed the VC for the great work he has done in the university, which according to him, includes giving the institution international visibility.

The event featured the cutting of the anniversary cake, ballet dance, radio Quiz, citation and installation of Patrons and Grand Patron as well as presentation of prize to the most reliable volunteer worker.

Other dignitaries who attended the event included Iyom Josephine Anenih, Ichie Onochie Okagbue, CEO of Bessoy Group. Kenneth Ifeatu Obi, CEO of Atlantic Oil Services Limited and Chief Ndubisi Nwobu.

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