BBC Media Action reaffirms partnership with VON

By Peace Kanu, Abuja

The Director General of Voice of Nigeria, Mr Osita Okechukwu (L) and the Country Director, BBC Media Action, Mr Seamus Gallagher in Abuja discussing the way forward for VON.

The British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC Media Action has reaffirmed its partnership with Voice of Nigeria, VON, to meet the nation’s development goals.

The Country Director, BBC Media Action, Mr Seamus Gallagher said that the partnership would improve the broadcast contents and programming that meet international standards.

Mr Gallagher said this when he visited VON’s Director General, Mr Osita Okechukwu in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Mr Osita Okechukwu (M) and Mr Seamus Gallagher (R) sitting among some VON’s staff in Abuja.
Mr Osita Okechukwu (M) sitting with Mr Seamus Gallagher (R) and some VON’s staff in Abuja.

“BBC Media Action work with radio, TV stations and media organisations around Nigeria and we work in partnership with the government, to meet the needs of the audience together… Voice of Nigeria is a very strong and important partner to BBC Media Action, we have been in partnership since 2005 and we have a long history both in terms of working together to deliver programming that meets the needs of the audience across Nigeria and in other parts of the world as well, but also in terms of capacity building and training and working with VON Staff to build up their ability to continue to provide professional world class broadcasting,” he explained.

The Director General of Voice of Nigeria, Mr Osita Okechukwu recalled the role of the BBC in promoting democracy in Nigeria.

Mr Okechukwu said that the partnership with the BBC Media Action over the years had yielded dividends for VON’s Staff.

Online platform
He therefore called for more collaboration to enhance the online platform of VON.

We are making a diligent request, we are yearning to have an online platform that is of the same standard with the BBC, so if there is any way the BBC could help us to improve our own online platform because it would make it easier for us,” Mr Okechukwu added.

The BBC Media Action is the international development organisation of the British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC.

Mercy Chukwudiebere