LAKE CHAD RIVER BASIN COMMISSION SEEK SYNERGY AMONGST MEMBER STATES – Princess Adaora
Governments at all levels have been asked to key into the Regional Stabilization Strategy of the Lake Chad River Basin Commission.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffery Onyeama who made the call, while receiving in audience, officials of the Lake Chad Basin Commission, African Union and UNDP in Abuja recently, said keying into the common approach programme, will give policy makers the needed information to stabilize those communities shattered by Boko Haram
Lake Chad Basin Commission set up in 1964 by four riparian countries of Niger, Nigeria , Cameroun and Chad to supervise and coordinate trans boundary water projects, protect natural resources regulate and monitor water usage and settle disputes is worried about the increasing security challenges occasioned by the menace of Boko Haram.
Receiving the delegation, Minister Onyeama, commended the Commission for its efforts towards stabilization and harmonization of those areas affected by Boko Haram through sensitizing not just the actors but as well, the international partners.
In his speech, the Executive Secretary of the Commission and leader of the team, Ambassador Mamman Nuhu, reechoed the need for governments to synergize and partner the Commission to ensure the strategy is implemented especially those that fell within their region for the success of the project.
According to the Executive Secretary, there is no development without security and there is no security without development and as such, civilization can only happen in a secured society.
He called for all hands to be on deck in raising awareness amongst the public and international partners even as he called for federal government’s support especially in the affected countries.
Delivering a report of the activities of the Commission, the head of the secretariat, Dr. Chike Aniekwe, the commission had already taken the sensitization to other member countries and are in Nigeria with the same message of Disarmament, Demobilisation, Rehabilitation and Reintegration.
He said the sensitization message which is hinged on nine pillars is aimed at promoting rule of law and ensuring that women, youths and children affected by Boko Haram are catered for.
Fine tune existing social media laws…BON
Speakers at the seventy third General Assembly of the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) has asked Federal government to fine tune and harmonise existing laws on social media rather than enacting a new one.
The congress at a the General Assembly that was an opportunity for broadcasters to brain storm on the way forward, harped on the need for broadcasters to assist in the fight against terrorism in Nigeria.
In a lecture, Prof. Danjuma Gambo of the University of Maidugeri, blamed broadcasters for what he termed reradicalsing the polity owing to commercialisation.
He stated that the media can be a national asset or liability depending on how they are harnessed and called for more engaging and strategic partnership.
The University lecturer, said that though Nigeria has all the semblances of a failed state, it cannot be referred to as a failed state and charged the media to use their powers for positive changes in the society..
In her welcome address, the Chairperson BON, Sa’a Ibrahim, asked the Federal government to expedite action on the digital switch over to enable broadcasters in Nigeria be at par with their counterparts all over the world.
The Vice chairman of BON, Sir Godfrey Nnamdi Ohuabunwa, stressed the need for the Nigeria media to properly inform and educate the public.
He said that as part of efforts to further protect media organisations from going out of proportion, BON has brought out guidelines to adequately guide Media Practitioners so they can abide by the rules as well as have control over what is published on the social media