The Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has agreed to collaborate with Voice of Nigeria to achieve its set mandate of being the strong voice from Africa effectively broadcasting to the rest of the world.
The Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama stated this when the Director General of Voice of Nigeria, VON, Mr. Osita Okechukwu paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja.
The Minister explained that VON is a strategic asset of government that requires adequate support to enable it effectively counter the negative publicity often displayed by most foreign media organisations.
“I think we have to work together to see how you can leverage and be it providing us materials to defuse or us also organising events for you to go to some of these countries. We can also do a lot. I think that the symbiotic relationship there is clear. I think we should work together going forward, I will certainly want to see VON occupy the place that it should be in our media endeavours in this country” he noted
The Director General of VON, Mr Osita Okechukwu said that the Foreign Affairs Ministry is well positioned to work with VON to achieve its mandate.
He noted that with the one hundred and nineteen missions abroad it becomes easy to monitor and get feedbacks of VON signals through local stations collaboration and the Nigerian missions abroad.
“We in Voice of Nigeria do not have the capacity to send our correspondents across the globe, that being the case, we are demanding and requesting cooperation with your Ministry so that our own Diplomats could act as quasi correspondents, emissaries to help us to expand our frontiers, to help us to also to get the feedback so that if there are areas we are not doing well in, a Nigerian Diplomat will be in a better position to also let us know where we are not doing well and he or she will be in a better position to link us up to local FM stations in those various countries,” he said
Mr Okechukwu also called for a joint committee to be put in place between VON and the Foreign Affairs Ministry to fine tune the strategies to strengthen the envisaged collaboration.
Voice of Nigeria is the international radio station with the statutory mandate of the Nigerian government to broadcast to the rest of the world.
Its mission is to reflect the Nigerian and African perspectives in its broadcast to listeners worldwide with particular attention to Nigerians and Africans in the Diaspora and also positively shaping the world.