The Nigerian Senate has advocated for massive investment in the media industry, to empower public information agencies in the country, to enable them fulfil their mandates of providing adequate and timely information to the people to help them make the right decisions at all times.
Chairman of the senate committee on information, culture, and National Orientation, Senator Suleiman Adokwe, stated this on Tuesday in an interview with Voice of Nigeria shortly after the 2017 budget defence exercise for media organisations under the committee’s supervision.
Senator Adokwe stated that he believes the time has come for government to pay greater attention to information management through massive investment in the human resources and technological advancement of the industry.
“So, if you don’t spend the minimum you are required to spend for proper information management, you will spend more countering at the end of the day,” he argued.
According to Senator Adokwe, “governments always learn the hard way but I’m happy that most of the presentations here today, everybody is talking about digital cameras, and other media equipment, and people are no longer talking about analogue, they are looking for those software and gadgets that will make them respond to issues as quickly as possible.
And I’m sure that if government will close its eyes and do those things, we would do better.”
The Director General of Voice of Nigeria Mr. Osita Okechukwu who was among those that appeared before the senate committee to defend their 2017 budget, said the Corporation’s focus is on advancing its technologies to meet with the demands of 21st century public information management.
Mr. Okechukwu also informed the legislators that Voice of Nigeria has concluded plans to relocate to its newly acquired corporate office headquarters in the Wuse II district of Abuja.
His counterpart from the FRCN, Mr. Mansir Liman, said the corporation is now more committed to boost its revenue generation capacity and reduce its dependency on government allocations.
Part of the goals of the present FRCN management according to him, is to establish a Radio Nigeria Network Channel that would enable listeners enjoy network programmes through a single channel without hooking up to any FM station across the Nigerian 36 states and the FCT.
The 2017 budget defence continues on Wednesday with the Nigerian Film Corporation among the agencies scheduled to appear before the senate committee at the National Assembly complex in Abuja.