Mr. Steve Ayorinde, Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, says that Lagos State and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) are on the same page on digitization and issues of gender sensitivity.
Ayorinde told the 2nd BON International Summit hosted by the Lagos State Government at De Renaissance Hotel, Ikeja on Monday with the theme: ‘Broadcasting Scores’ that the position aligns with the State Governor’s policy directives.
The reform agenda in Lagos State is primed at engendering a reproductive, efficient and effective public service that will make the State to continually excel and remain the leading light in the country, Ayorinde told attendees at the BON Summit.
“The focus of BON on the two issues of gender sensitivity and digitization of broadcasting organizations is in sync with our governing thought that we must be at par with the great cities of the world and evolve high end techniques that will stand Lagos State out”, he adds.
[quote font=”georgia” font_size=”22″ font_style=”italic” align=”left” arrow=”yes”]“The focus of BON on the two issues of gender sensitivity and digitization of broadcasting organizations is in sync with our governing thought that we must be at par with the great cities of the world and evolve high end techniques that will stand Lagos State out”, he adds.[/quote]He expressed the hope that the forum would assist broadcasters in fashioning a way for the electronic media to be better partners in governance. “I am optimistic that the deliberate focus on gender issues at this summit will also produce practical solutions to gender inequality in the land” Ayorinde says.
Alhaji Yakubu Mohammed, the Chairman of BON in his welcome address at the event, says that the Summit will enable participants appraise the issues that are germane to the continued survival of the broadcast industry more especially in the areas of Content Management, Content Creation, Content Commerce, Content Consumption (Technology), gender issues and many more for the economic, political, social growth, development, peace and unity of the country.
The BON Summit will also afford professionals in the field time to deliberate on alternative sources of financing private or government-owned media organisations, the BON Chairman says.
‘There is no way we can move forward without government action on a number of challenges before us and such action will also impact on the Mass Media Policy on Broadcasting in Nigeria. Whatever may be done to properly position the broadcast industry in the country will affect the future of the industry whether public or private broadcast organizations”, he told the gathering.
Mohammed challenged media professionals on recreation of reality because it has endeared listeners and viewers to their respective audiences all over the world.